Beauty Sleep: Myth or Real Deal?
By Lizzie Mullins
In the United States, 40% of Americans get less than 7 hours of sleep. What people don’t know is that getting little to no sleep not only affects your mood, but also greatly affects your appearance.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults of 18 and over should get roughly 7-9 hours of sleep.
Lack of sleep affects your appearance in several different ways:
- Dark circles
- Under-eye bags
- Bad hair
According to a Cosmopolitan writer, Carly Cardellino, “Lack of sleep can deprive your brain, body, and skin of nourishment.”
Getting a good nights rest allows your body to replenish itself and restore nourishment.
Sleep nurtures several parts of a human being.
These parts include the body, brain, and skin.
When you get enough hours of sleep, your brain gets rid of 60% more toxins than it would when sleep deprived.
When you wake up after having enough rest, you not only feel more refreshed, but also look more refreshed with a glowing complexion.
When sleeping, your skin cells are regenerating.
Not getting enough sleep causes slowed down regeneration of cells.
This can cause dark circles to appear under your eyes.
According to dark circle researchers, “Once an individual is sleep-deprived or fatigued, it may be but natural that dark circles under the eyes show off. The reason for this is because the blood vessels under each eyes expands looking prominent and shows the color reddish-blue. Through the skin, it would appear as a dark circle.”
A tip to help fix this is to chill a caffeinated eye cream in the fridge, apply in the morning, and then apply under eye concealer to finish it off.
“When I wake up with dark circles, I reach for my foundation and apply it under my eyes. This takes away the darkness underneath and brightens my skin,” said Kelsey Andeway, a sophomore at Loyola University Chicago. “After, I make sure to apply volumizing mascara to my lashes in order to look more awake and open my eyes up.”
When not getting enough sleep, you’re more likely to wakeup with a blemish.
This is because when you are sleep deprived, your body thinks you’re in a state of emergency.
When your body thinks that it is in a state of emergency, it produces a wacky amount of hormones and nutrients that get sent to the skin.
Your oil glands are also affected during this production of hormones and nutrients.
They respond to the lack of sleep by producing thicker oil, which will clog pores.
When your pores are clogged up, acne can be easily created.
Mayo Clinic states, “The plugged pore may cause the follicle wall to bulge and produce a whitehead. Or the plug may be open to the surface and may darken, causing a blackhead. A blackhead may look like dirt stuck in pores. But actually the pore is congested with bacteria and oil, which turns brown when it’s exposed to the air.
Another fact found is that “Lack of sleep will promote stress and that causes an increase in the substance cortisol in the body. Cortisol in turn, causes the skin to secrete more sebum, which results in acne. Lack of sleep can and will make your acne worse. If you don’t get your sleep you can eat the perfect diet and live the healthiest life and still not get clear. Sleep is a crucial piece of the puzzle.”
According to a WebMD writer, Stephanie Jacob, “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.”
Also, when you sleep, your skin makes collagen.
This collagen in your skin prevents sagging, which reduces chances of wrinkles.
When you get little to no sleep, the amount of collagen produced is significantly lower, increasing your chance and number of wrinkles.
Prevention.com writer, Kiera Aaron, stated this statistic:
“Estée Lauder teamed up with UH Case Medical Center to evaluate how lack of sleep affected the skin of 60 women. Those who slept only 5 hours every night for a month had twice as many wrinkles and spots, compared to those who slept for 7 hours. They also recovered from sunburn significantly slower than those who clocked in more zzz’s.”
According to WebMD, “Hair follicles (where hair growth begins) gain nutrients, vitamins, and minerals from blood flow.”
When we are short on sleep, we get less blood flow.
This causes our hair to get little nutrients.
When our hair gets less nutrients, it gets weaker, duller, and can eventually stop growing.
In some cases, lack of sleep can cause severe levels of stress, which can cause some people to even lose their hair.
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