How does Sleep Affect Aging?


With advancements in science and technology, numerous beauty companies have launched various beauty products that slow the aging process. These products work by making you look less tired. Well, as experienced by me, little extra sleep does the trick and also saves the whole lot of money spent on these products. Moreover, sound and sufficient sleep also ensures happier, healthier, and more beautiful lives.

How is sleep an integral part of staying young?

Akin to food and water, adequate sleep is necessary for good health. Sleep is also an integral part of staying young. Many research studies have shown that sleeping and napping provide key beauty and anti-aging benefits. Sleep puts the body into repair mode and the process of renewal begins. New cells replace old cells. This process is referred as repairing, restoring, and rebalancing.

Sleep is one of the best beauty treatments that can be given to your body and skin. It helps to reduce stress and inflammation, which are said to be the main causes of aging. Improper sleep (less than 8-9 hours) not only makes you feel tired but also leads to problems like heart attack, diabetes, and stroke. Proper and adequate sleep allows the body to rest and restore the energy levels.

Effect of Improper sleep on Skin

Improper sleep can lead to numerous problems. Poor nighttime sleep can be a cause for problems like lack of attention, excessive daytime sleepiness, depressed mood, and a poor quality of life. Besides all this, improper sleep can also show remarkable impact on your skin.

Getting a good sleep helps the skin to clear up thus improving skin health. Check out the following effects of improper sleep on skin health.

  • Insufficient sleep detracts from skin’s natural beauty

Increase in inflammatory cells in body due to lack of proper sleep can cause increased breakdown of hyaluronic acid and collagen. These molecules are responsible for the glow, bounce, and translucency of the skin.

  • Insufficient sleep worsens existing skin conditions

Increase in inflammatory response results in increased acne breakouts, increase in allergic contact dermatitis reactions, increase in irritant dermatitis, and higher skin sensitivity. However, severe skin conditions imply more intense treatment and skin care. 

  • Less sleep implies less beauty

Sleep is not just a process of resting. Sleep process also rebalances the hydration level in body. The process allows the skin to recover moisture. Insufficient sleep can cause poor water balance and further lead to puffy bags below the eyes. Other visible effects include under-eye circles, dryness, and highly visible wrinkles.

  • Insufficient sleep accelerates the process of aging

Deep sleep increases the release of growth hormones thus allowing the repair of damaged cells. Lack of deeper sleep phases does not let this happen thus leading to accumulation of daily small breakdowns rather than being reversed overnight. This results in more conspicuous aging signs.

Tips to get a good 8 hours’ sleep

Here are some useful tips and suggestions to get proper sleep and maintain the skin health to look young as ever.

  • Avoid eating a big meal in late hours during the day.
  • Drink lots of water during the day but lesser during the night.
  • Don’t keep any electronics inside the bedroom.
  • Take a warm blanket over you and sleep in a dark, cool, and quiet room.
  • Avoid using laundry detergents with strong fragrances as this can be irritating for the skin.
  • Make sure to use clean and breathable cotton sheets. This would prevent the collection of dust mites and bacteria thus providing healthy sleep.

In case of Insomnia

Many times, growing age results in sleep deprivation and even insomnia. Here are some useful tips to beat insomnia and get a healthy sleep and healthy skin every night.

  • Avoid alcohol and stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine

The effect of stimulants can last for as long as 24 hours thus affecting the sleep significantly. Limit the use of these stimulants to get healthy sleep through the night.

  • Wake up at a fixed time every day

If you are suffering from insomnia, make sure to fix your time to get up every morning. Consistency in awakening helps in consistent sleep.

  • Exercise regularly

Regular exercise improves the quality and duration of sleep. However, avoid exercising just before sleep.

  • Limit day naps

If you want to have a sound sleep at night, try to avoid napping during the day.

  • Avoid eating or drinking just before bed

Late night dinner or snacking just before bed can deprive your sleep by activating the digestive system. So, avoid eating just before bed.

  • Create comfortable sleeping environment

Try to control temperature, lighting, and noise to create a conducive environment for sleeping.

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