The term “Beauty Sleep” is often casually thrown around as a reference to needing to get enough sleep in order to look your best the next day.
Of all 24 hours in a day, it’s hard for many of us to dedicate the recommended 7-9 hours a night to sleeping. While there are some factors out of our control, like demanding work schedules and raising children, there are other factors that we can try to adjust to get more sleep, like watching less TV and scheduling ahead of time.
So, why is beauty sleep a real concept? There are many changes that occur while you’re sleeping.
Your Skin Benefits from Sleep
As we sleep, our skin enters a repair mode and produces new substances. Even one night of sleep deprivation can inhibit the function of skin barrier recovery.
Those with existing dermatological conditions may notice an increased inflammatory response following sleep deprivation leading to skin sensitivity, more acne breakouts, or exasperated eczema and/or psoriasis.
While you sleep, the skin is also balancing the hydration in your body. Without sleep, the common symptoms of puffy bags, dark circles, and dull skin may all be the result of poor water balance. This is also why it is important to stay hydrated during the day – drink water!
Skin Products Work Better
Overnight skin repair will give your face the boost in needs in looking fresh and hydrated. Before you go to sleep, make sure to remove your makeup. You may have heard this tip a million times, but that is only one of the reasons why it is so important.
Using a gentle cleanser to clean your skin will allow you to remove product and debris build-up from the day without striping your skin of its moisture.
Typically, some retinols, glycolic acids, and antioxidants are applied at night to help in the overnight skin repair. Given the plethora of products on the market, consult with your dermatologist to determine which products may work best for your skin type.
The skin around your eyes, lips, and neck is delicate and can benefit from extra care overnight. By including an eye cream and extending your moisturizer from your face down to your neck, you can play a part in preventing skin aging and promoting regeneration.
Sleep is Healing
Sleep is a time in which our bodies and minds can recover from the day. One of the most important parts sleep is hormone regulation.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the hormones regulated during sleep range from the stress-management hormone, cortisol, to the hormone insulin that helps regulate blood glucose levels.
While many people pay attention to effects of sleep on “beauty”, prioritizing your sleep is especially important because it can help you regulate your wellness goals, such as managing your stress, mood, hunger levels, and overall health.
Poor sleep hygiene can have a ripple effect on your daytime activities. With less sleep, you may realize that you have trouble focusing on tasks and feel short-tempered. In the long-run, you may also recognize that your immune system is not functioning properly because your body has not completed the restorative processes of sleep.
Before going to sleep, take some time to quiet down and create a ritualistic bedtime routine. As you establish new sleep habits, your body will begin associating the bed with sleep, which means avoiding using your cell phone and scrolling through Instagram right before bed!
If you find your thoughts running wild at night, keep a paper and pen near your bed to jot down any ideas that may be keeping your mind busy at night. Once it’s on the paper, you can head to sleep without worrying about the possibility of forgetting the idea by morning.