Have you heard that a lack of sleep impacts how quickly you age? Studies have shown that not getting enough high-quality sleep each night has an impact on your skin, leading to it ageing faster. The cause of this is simple; when you sleep is when your body does all of its healing. This means that if your skin is damaged by free radicals and other pollutants, while you’re sleeping it will heal. However, if you’re not getting enough sleep, your skin isn’t able to heal properly. This will then lead to free radical damage and accelerated ageing.
Want to know more about sleep and the aging process and how you can improve the quality of sleep you’re getting? Then keep reading for everything that you need to know.
What does lack of sleep do to your skin?
When you don’t get enough sleep, your skin has an increased risk of aging prematurely. This means that regardless of the creams and serums you use to protect it, it will be more prone to the signs of aging.
These include fine lines, dark spots, sagging, and pigmentation problems. At night, the skin is meant to repair itself, like the rest of the body, but if you don’t get enough sleep, your skin isn’t able to. Over time, this leads to your skin becoming weaker and more prone to problems.
Is there anything that you can do?
The answer is simple – get enough sleep. If you want to reduce how quickly your skin ages, all you need to do is get more sleep. By giving your body the time to rest and recharge, the signs of aging will slow, and you’ll have younger looking skin for longer.
Of course, one night of restful sleep isn’t going to make a difference. To see results you need to be getting a good night’s sleep almost every single night. Remember, it’s not just about quantity but also quality. Your body doesn’t start to heal until you’re in a deep sleep, so it’s important that the sleep you’re getting is undisturbed. Each time you’re disturbed you drift into a lighter sleep, and your body and skin can no longer heal.
How can you improve your quality of sleep?
The good news is that improving the quality of your sleep doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s just a case of making a few small lifestyle changes and getting into some healthy habits. When it comes to struggling to drift off, a lot of people swear by spraying lavender spray onto their pillows as lavender is a natural relaxant.
When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, it’s all about how relaxed you are. Meditational exercise like yoga or pilates is also a great option as it calms the mind and body. A warm bath with lavender scented bubble bath or oil is another great option, as it burning scented candles. (Just make sure to blow them out before falling asleep.)
Unless you want your skin to age prematurely, getting enough sleep is crucial. Far too many of us leave ourselves prone to early ageing, simply because we don’t make sure to get the rest that our skin needs.
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