When you think about all the things that affect your skin, sleep isn’t usually the first thing to come to mind. You may have heard that quality sleep is essential for our overall well-being, but did you know that it’s also a big factor that impacts our appearance? However, it’s not always easy for us to get those recommended 7 to 9 hours of beauty sleep. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders.
So, what does poor sleep do to your appearance and health? Here’s what we know.
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The science behind beauty sleep
You might have heard the term “beauty sleep” before. Turns out, it’s real and may be the closest thing to the fountain of youth you can get. When you sleep, your body enters recovery mode and each stage of sleep is crucial to skin recovery.
During varying stages of sleep, the body produces multiple hormones including human growth hormone, melatonin and cortisol. These hormones play critical roles in recovery including repairing skin from daily damage, keeping our skin looking youthful and protecting your skin from free radicals that can cause damage to cells.
When sleeping, every hour counts. If you’re having trouble getting the recommended hours of sleep, check out our guide on .
How sleep deprivation affects your appearance
A 2017 study found that lack of sleep has the potential to negatively affect your facial appearance and may decrease others’ willingness to socialize with the sleep-deprived person. Here’s how not getting enough shut-eye affects your appearance.
Skin: Let’s start with the basics. Lack of sleep affects your appearance by making you look