We all love to sleep. I guess that’s no secret, right? After a tiring day we long for a well-deserved sleep. There’s nothing as rewarding as a good night’s rest. Actually it is recommended we have between 7-9 hours of sleep to experience the benefits, adequate sleep has to offer.
Lack of sleep can cause a lot of negative effects such as obesity, low-level of concentration, mood swings and stress. It can also make you more prone to medical conditions like diabetes and heart attacks. And it also affects the way we look. We all need our beauty sleep to keep us looking good but some days are harder than others, and the much-needed beauty sleep seems elusive.
For those of us that work from home, and have children to cater to, having the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep is a dream. I go to bed past midnight almost every day, and I am usually up around 6am, so I know I do not get the recommended amount of sleep on most days, but I am working on it.
Here are some beauty benefits of getting the right amount of sleep so we can ALL remember why it is important and stop ourselves from bingeing on the new Netflix series, and get some sleep instead:
1. Radiant skin tone
Lack of sleep makes our skin look dull. This is because blood doesn’t circulate efficiently when we are up and about. The tiny blood vessels called capillaries tighten preventing nutrients from flowing easily to the skin including your scalp.
When you sleep lying flat, there’s an improvement in circulation of blood to your face. This increased circulation of blood gives your skin a lovely healthy glow.
2. Smooth skin
When we sleep, the muscles in our face relax. The lines caused by the tensing of our facial muscles smoothen out because the facial muscles are relaxed.
3. Reverses signs of ageing
Reducing your hours of sleep with as low as 2-3 hours can cause your face to wrinkle. Adequate sleep brings back the youthful skin. While you sleep, your body produces collagen. Collagen pumps up the skin which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
4. Healthy-looking skin
Adequate sleep reduces the puffiness under our eyes and the increased blood flow during those 7-9 hours of sleep helps minimize dark circles. When we don’t have enough sleep, our eyes become red and under our eyes look puffy. Yawning due to lack of sleep makes our eyes water which then causes swelling and puffiness under the eyes.
Lack of sleep also causes dark circles around our eyes. When we don’t sleep, blood circulation decreases and the blood collects under eyes. The thin skin under the eye makes this visible in form of dark circles.
5. Reduces acne
When you sleep, you feel relaxed and adequate sleep makes you feel fresh and improves your mood. Lack of sleep makes your body release the stress hormone called cortisol. When cortisol is released, it makes sebaceous glands produce more oil which promotes breakouts.
With these benefits, I think I will need to make an adjustment to my daily routine. Easier to say though. As a freelancer, I work long hours, and those hours are usually at night when the kids are in bed, but lets see how my new adjustment goes. I will be filling you guys in as always.
Do you struggle to get the recommended daily amount of sleep? How do you deal with it?