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Is There Such a Thing As Beauty Sleep?

 

Is there such a thing as beauty sleep?

 

Right now, as ever, sleep is a hot topic. That’s because most of aren’t getting enough of it. Studies show that the lasting impact of the pandemic and rising stress levels fuelled by issues such as the cost of living crisis are also affecting our sleep quality more than ever before.

We know that the impact that lack of sleep can have on things like concentration and irritability but did you know that sleeplessness has a knock-on effect on your skin, too?

What happens when we sleep?

Put simply, sleep is our natural way to repair and recharge; a good night’s sleep gives us the energy to perform at our best the following day.

Despite appearances, sleep is a highly active phase of our lives involving a complex mix of repeated cycles of sleep stages, biological processes, as well as chemical reactions impacting every cell in our body. During sleep our bodies create antibodies boosting the strength of our immune system. Sleep also regulates our appetite hormones helping us with weight management; it keeps our blood pressure low, improves the health of our hearts, and also keeps our brains healthy by washing out harmful toxins.

And just like every biological function in the body, sleep plays a huge part when it comes to our skin too.

How exactly does sleep affect our skin?

We’ve all heard the ‘beauty sleep’ adage before – but getting enough sleep is crucial for skin health. It all starts with understanding the differences in our skin during the day versus at night.

Skin is a dynamic organ and provides an interface between the body and external environment; what our skin endures during the day is very different from what it faces at night.

In fact, there are studies that show that skin cells have their own internal clock, in addition to the brain’s ‘master clock’.

During the night there are key changes in the skin functions including increased water loss, a more permeable skin barrier function along with skin repair and regeneration which, according to research, is highest at night.

The first third of our sleep (when we get the deepest sleep) is suggested to be the most helpful for skin repair due to a sharp increase in growth hormone, which is responsible for skin cell reproduction and regeneration so if you want to assist in your skin’s recovery process, it makes biological sense to ensure you get biological sleep needed every night.

3 ways lack of sleep affects your skin

Sleep deprivation causes puffiness.

Sleep deprivation also causes the skin under the eyes to become puffy and swollen. Scientists are unsure as to why exactly this happens, but it may be because of an increase in retention of blood and fluid around the eyes.

It accelerates the ageing process

During sleep our skin makes new collagen, the protein responsible for keeping our skin strong and elastic and therefore youthful-looking, so any reduced sleep may directly interfere with collagen production. The result? More fine lines and increased risk of wrinkle production.

It causes dehydration

The skin loses more water content as we sleep compared to the day which can be problematic for those with dehydrated or dry skin types in the first place. Our skin, clever as it is, has a solution, though. To prevent water loss during sleep the body produces a hormone called vasopressin that aids water retention. However, if sleep is disturbed or shortened then the process doesn’t work as effectively – leading to greater levels of dehydration.

What you eat can significantly affect your skin health.

At the Pure Package, we’re devoted to creating delicious, healthy and fresh meals to help you achieve your health goals. Whether that’s losing or maintaining weight, boosting your brainpower or nourishing your skin and hair. With personalised meal plans tailored to you, prepared by chefs and delivered daily, order your Pure Package today.