People always talk about beauty sleep and there might be element of truth to it.
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1) Fewer winkles:
Skin makes new collagen when you sleep, which prevents
sagging. “That’s part of the repair process,” says Patricia Wexler, MD, a
dermatologist in New York. More collagen means skin is plumper and less
likely to wrinkle.
Only getting 5 hours a night can lead to twice as many
fine lines as sleeping 7 would. It also leaves skin drier, which can
make lines more visible, Wexler says.
2) A good complexion
Your body boosts blood flow to the skin while you snooze,
which means you wake to a healthy glow. Skimp on sleep and your
complexion can look drab, ashen, or lifeless.
“Sleep deprivation causes a decrease in blood flow to
the skin surrounding your face,” Breus says. “Skin becomes dull, and you
don’t get those rosy cheeks anymore.”
3) Not the puff around the eyes
Chances are, you’ve had dark circles or bags under your eyes after a night of too few Zzz’s.
“Puffy eyes are one of the first things we see when we
don’t sleep,” says Doris Day, MD, a clinical associate professor of
dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center. Get enough
shut-eye and you'll have less puffiness under your eyes
Stay well-hydrated and elevate your head with an extra pillow at night, too. That can also help reduce swelling.
Plenty of rest can also minimize dark circles. When blood
isn’t flowing well -- which happens when you’re low on sleep -- it can
collect under eyes and become visible, since the skin there is so thin.
Discoloration under eyes can also be caused by genes,
age, and increased melanin (the brown pigment in skin that causes it to
tan in the sun). If this is the case, sleep deprivation can make your
under-eye issue worse, Breus says.
4) You will have better hair
Hair loss, breakage, damage, and even growth can all be
affected by lack of sleep, Breus says. Hair follicles (where hair growth
begins) gain nutrients, vitamins, and minerals from blood flow. Since
blood flow decreases when we’re short on shut-eye, “hair gets less food,
it weakens, and it has difficulty growing,” Breus says.
Lack of Zzz's can also lead to more stress, Wexler
says. “Stress causes an increase in the hormone cortisol, which can
cause you to lose hair.”
5) You will look better
Being short on sleep can cause the corners of your mouth to droop, making you look sadder than you do after a good night’s rest.
“When you’re tired, your facial expressions change in subtle
and consistent ways. We tend to furrow and frown more,” Day says. “When
people say, ‘You look tired,’ it can be because of these expressions.”
Red, swollen eyes, dark circles, sagging eyelids, and paler skin can also signal to others that you’re exhausted.
People who don't get enough rest are also seen as less healthy than when they’re rested.
6) You will be a better worker
Your skin can focus on repairing itself while you sleep,
since it isn’t defending itself from sun and free radicals (harmful
molecules from the environment). Blood flow is also more consistent, and
this helps your skin benefit from the flesh-repairing ingredients in
your beauty products, Wexler says.
Skin also loses more water when you sleep than it does
during the day. Apply a creamier moisturizer before bed and drink
plenty of water during the day to help your complexion stay hydrated
overnight, Day says.