To be honest I’m one of those who can get by on three or five hours of sleep and brag about it to my friends. But, look karma is after me and it got me good. Sleep deprivation caused me terrible changes to my body and skin. People will look at me and say I look like 10 years older than my actual age! Unfortunately we can’t make up for the loss of sleep. But here is why your skin needs its 8 hours sleep and it also applies to men:
During sleep, your body rejuvenates, detoxify and tissues renew at a faster speed as the brain releases hormones for renovation and growth. Without sleep, mini breakdowns that happened during the day stay on the skin. It is during the night that our body works extra hard to heal and repair.
When you sleep, skin goes into conservation mode because the adrenaline and corticosteroid levels drop and the body produces human growth hormone (HGH) when not disturbed. If sleep is insufficient, stress hormones increase, leading chances of inflammation in the form of eczema, psoriasis, acne and skin sensitivity.
Part of skin’s natural repair process is the production of collagen to fight the development of fine lines. Skin beauty is related to the amount of this youthful protein which decreases as we age. Skimping on even two hours of sleep negatively impacts collagen production.
Skin uses moisture when we sleep. During sleep cycles the body flushes out toxins via sweat. Skin recovers moisture during sleep and processes excess water for removal. If lack of sleep is interrupted; skin appears drier with fine lines being more prominent. Your skin shows poor water balance with under eye circles and bags alongside dryness that highlights visible wrinkles.
With the five sleep cycles, each lasting 90 minutes, skin initiates cell repair. Minor damages can be reversed overnight during the deeper phases of sleep. Try to sleep on your back, lying face down or sideways on your pillow creates lines and contribute to wrinkle formation.
Remember a great night sleep will bring on bright eyes and radiant skin, a win-win situation!