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Beauty sleep: How Quality Rest Impacts Your Appearance

We’ve all heard the story. Sleeping Beauty slept for 100 years and awoke as young as she had been when she fell asleep. Her aging woes were kept at bay by the power of sleep.

Scientists have discovered that there may be some truth to that old fairy tale.

Deep sleep has been shown in studies to have restorative benefits that can benefit both your overall health and your appearance:

  • Brighter eyes: Lack of sleep can result in droopy, swollen eyes that are difficult to conceal. A regular sleep schedule can help you avoid dark circles and puffy eyes, giving you a more alert and refreshed appearance.
  • Youthful skin: When we sleep, our bodies release a growth hormone that increases collagen production. Collagen keeps our skin supple and elastic, which means fewer wrinkles and sagging. Sleep also aids in the healing of minor skin trauma caused by the sun, as well as other day-to-day wear and tear on our bodies. Lowering cortisol production while sleeping can help improve stress acne and slow hair loss and other signs of aging.

The sleep mechanism is extremely complex. Humans sleep in three stages:

Light sleep (long-wave sleep): The first stage of sleep in which your thoughts become random and disjointed, and you become detached from your surroundings.

REM sleep: A stage in which you are unconscious, but your brain is very active.

Deep sleep (slow-wave sleep): The final stage of sleep in which your heartbeat and breathing rate are the slowest.

According to research, an ideal ratio of long-wave sleep to REM sleep aids in the maintenance of the biological clock (circadian rhythm). When your circadian rhythm is working properly, your body produces more growth hormones and fewer stress hormones, which help with:

  • Binge eating or unhealthy eating habits
  • Fat storage in the body
  • Loss of hair
  • Acne caused by stress

As a result, uninterrupted nighttime sleep can have beauty benefits by lowering stress hormones and allowing your body to create new cells that help heal the damage done during the day.

Poor quality sleep, according to American Psychological Association researchers, disrupts blood insulin and cortisol levels and causes the body to produce chemicals that promote cell aging and inflammation.

Adequate sleep is especially important after major surgery, burns, or a bout of general illness.

To get the best sleep, you should sleep for at least 8 hours. Deep sleep is especially important for the body’s biological cycle management. So go to bed early and stick to a consistent bedtime schedule. Even if you sleep for a full 8 hours, sleeping later or at different times can disrupt your sleep rhythms.

Here are some more hints for making the most of your beauty sleep:

  • Room temperature: Keep your thermostat at a comfortable temperature. Use room-darkening curtains or shades. Choose bedsheets that are breathable, light in color, and clean, as well as a medium-firm mattress and a high-quality pillow. A comforter is also an excellent choice.
  • Room lighting: Try to turn off your devices at least an hour before going to bed. Dim the lights in your bedroom. Blue bulbs and lights should be avoided.
  • Sleep Schedule: Before going to bed, take a warm bath, get a head massage, and drink some warm milk. Creating a bedtime routine signals to your body that it is time to sleep, allowing you to fall asleep faster.

Eating habits: Eat dinner at least 2-3 hours before going to bed and avoid large meals. After 6 p.m., avoid caffeine-containing beverages

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