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You Need Your Beauty Sleep: How Sleep Affects Your Skin

When was the last time you had a good night’s rest? We have all pulled an all-nighter at least once in our lives and maybe it happens more that we care to admit. Dark eye circles, swollen eyelids and dry skin are tell-tale signs that you did not have enough sleep the night before. Sure, we can compensate for our poor sleeping habits and hectic lifestyle with a consistent skincare routine but our efforts will be all for naught if we abuse our body and deprive ourselves of adequate sleep. 

Why is sleep important
Ideally we should get 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night as recommended by the National Sleep Foundation. Our body rests and repairs while we catch some Zzzs. For instance, the skin replaces aging cells with new ones, and recovers to the best of its ability from environmental damage such as exposure to ultraviolet rays.

What happens when you lack sleep
On top of the puffy and panda-like eyes, inadequate sleep can cause our skin to break out due to increased cortisol levels. A lack of sleep can also lead to premature aging of the skin as the skin is unable to retain as much moisture and has a weakened skin barrier. Overtime skin conditions such as eczema can be exacerbated. On a psychological level, insufficient sleep can lead to slower reactions, impair our thought processes and negatively impact our memory.

Here are some ways you can improve the quality of your sleep:

#1: Put your devices away
Blue light emitted from electronic devices such as your laptop or phone, can affect your circadian rhythm and reduces melatonin production which helps you get the rest you need. One way you can experience a good night’s sleep is to either refrain from using your phone 30 minutes before bedtime, or invest in spectacles with a blue light filter. 

#2: Avoid consuming caffeine later in the day

If you have trouble sleeping or are caffeine sensitive, it’s best to avoid caffeinated drinks or food 3 to 6 hours before bedtime as it can negatively impact the quality of your sleep. Otherwise, turn to a decaf if you really need that cup of coffee. 

#3: Set a time to wake up and go to bed 

Setting a proper sleep schedule with 7 to 9 hours of sleep can help your body recognise when it’s time to rest. You can start by waking up at the same time everyday, and slowly tune your body clock back on track. 

#4: Take melatonin supplements

Melatonin is a hormone that helps your body to regulate circadian rhythms and our body naturally produces it the most at night. However, melatonin production declines with age and a great way to improve your sleep cycle is to consume melatonin supplements.

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Appreciate your body a little more and get sufficient rest. It is okay to work (or play) hard, but do not let it be at the expense of your health. After all, we only have one life and an undetermined amount of time left to live. Let us know in the comments if this article helps, as well as any tips you want to share with us.

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