The Rising Trend of Sleep Deprivation
In a world where stress levels are rising, exposure to natural sunlight outdoors is diminishing, and technology is leading to constant demands for everybody’s attention, it’s no surprise that so many people struggle to get enough sleep. What does it mean to be “sleep deprived”? What are some of the negative effects of sleep deprivation?
The broad definition of sleep deprivation is “the condition that occurs if you don’t get enough sleep.” The amount of sleep that qualifies as “enough” differs depending on who you ask. But it usually falls etween about 7–9 hours per night for adults (and even more for children and teens). However, everyone is a bit different in terms of their ideal amount of sleep. Some need more like 6–10 hours of sleep per night to feel their best. Or, others simply need an extra couple of hours rest on occasion when feeling extra run down.
According to recent research done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 7–19 percent of adults in the United States report regularly lacking sleep or not getting enough rest almost daily. And many more than this struggle with occasional sleep-related disorders or problems including sleep apnea, anxiety or night time pain that interferes with their overall quality of life
How does Getting Enough Sleep Affect the Skin?
Not getting enough sleep on a daily basis can wreak havoc on one’s health. Sleep deprivation increases the likelihood of the occurrence of lifestyle diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, cancer and overall mortality. It also leads to poor eating habits, loss of concentration, increase in stress, increase in mood swings and can even lead to depression in severe cases. Needless to say, it is easy to see that not getting enough sleep can generally ruin the appearance of one’s skin.
Let’s look at how maintaining a healthy sleep cycle has a positive impact on one’s skin.
- Decrease the Appearance of Wrinkles
Cell mitosis, the process during which our cells undergo repair and growth, usually happen during the night after one goes to sleep. This process is extremely crucial to increasing the collagen level of the skin, which is a protein that is responsible for keeping the skin looking firm and supple.
- Gives a Glowing Complexion
Your body boosts blood flow to the skin while you snooze, which means you wake to a healthy glow. Skimping on sleep can lead to your complexion looking drab, ashen, and lifeless.
- Brighter, Less Puffy Eyes
Lack of sleep is most commonly associated with having dark circles and puffy looking eyes. Getting enough sleep, however, and staying hydrated and maintaining good elevation of one’s head can prevent these problems and make sure you wake up bright eyed to seize the day. Discoloration under eyes can also be caused by genes, age, and increased melanin (the brown pigment in skin that causes it to tan in the sun). If this is the case, sleep deprivation can make your under-eye issue worse.
- Reduces Acne
When you get quality sleep, you’re not facing the things that cause cortisol (the stress hormone) levels to surge during the day. This ensures that you reduce the occurrence of stress induced acne. Therefore, it is very important to get adequate sleep to ensure that your cortisol levels remain down, not putting the skin in a pro-inflammatory state.
- Increases Hydration
Hydration also pertains to sleep and skin: the less you sleep, the more dry and dehydrated your skin will look and feel. The lack of sleep effects on the skin due to dehydration are obvious: swollen, sunken eyes; dark circles; flaking; a pale, ashen complexion. A lack of fluids may also make you feel sluggish and irritable, making you both look and feel off your game.
Sleep Is Important For Your Skin!
So, is sleep important for your skin? Absolutely. The time spent while your body is shut down is used to repair and restore your cellular tissues, ensuring their optimal vitality. Not only does sleep promote skin health, but it can also benefit your heart, weight, mind and more.
The benefits of sleep for skin include fewer wrinkles, less sagging, rejuvenated color, fewer acne blemishes, and less inflammation. Apart from the right diet and exercise, sleep is the key to maintaining healthy, glowing skin.