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Deep Sleep: The Ultimate Anti-Aging Tool

Posted by Lara Garcia on Jan 16, 2022 10:42:00 PM

Woman resting while getting a facial.

 

Sleep is something that most of us struggle within our daily lives. Whether it’s our job, lifestyle stress, the kids, or generalized anxiety that plagues us, sleep is usually the first thing that’s affected.

Have you ever noticed that after a night of interrupted or not enough sleep, you look older and puffier? This is not a coincidence. There is a direct link between getting decent, deep sleep and your skin and body’s aging process. Sleep is sometimes described as “the forgotten fountain of youth” for good reason. It’s where so much regeneration happens, in everything from our skin cells to our adrenal glands.

Feeling tired and older than your years? In this article, we’re taking a closer look at the connection between deep sleep and its anti-aging effects.

What Happens To Our Skin When We Don’t Get Enough Sleep?

Did you know that skin is the biggest organ in our bodies? And did you know that the cells in our skin regenerate while we sleep? Knowing this, it’s easy to see how the quality of your sleep can easily end up affecting your skin and, therefore, your aging process.

Our body depends on us for a good night’s rest to completely restore and rejuvenate to the best of its ability during the night. When we aren’t getting sleep, it’s very common to notice an increase in wrinkles, fine lines, skin pigmentation, and reduced elasticity in our skin.

Obviously, the aging process is a natural one and is something to be accepted and celebrated. But if you’re becoming prematurely wrinkly, or having an “unexplained” hard time with the sudden onset of wrinkles and crow’s feet, then bringing deeper sleep into your routine will likely benefit you.

There are 4 major signs that show in our skin when we aren’t sleeping well, and here they are:

  1. Dry skin: When we aren’t getting enough sleep, our pH levels are naturally lower. This easily causes higher acidity in the body and makes you prone to dry skin.

 

Another thing to consider is that we end up gently and naturally sweating more while we sleep. Sweating is the body’s natural way of keeping us cool, regulating the body temperature, and keeping our skin moist and hydrated. If you’re not sleeping enough, you’re missing out on this natural moisturization process.

                                                                                                                                                 

  1. Dull skin: When we’re not getting enough sleep, the lack of quality rest triggers a rise in cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone released during stress and has an inflammatory reaction in the body. This inflammation directly affects the proteins in the skin which keep your skin looking soft, smooth, and supple.

 

It’s also important to remember that if you aren’t sleeping properly, this results in your circulation not working at its optimum. This means that there’s less oxygen flowing in your bloodstream and this can cause your skin to look blotchy and pigmented.

 

  1. Puffy eyes and dark circles: We all know that puffy-eyed-dark-circles look we get when we aren’t sleeping well. This is caused by the fact that blood vessels dilate from lack of quality sleep. Blood flow decreases when there isn’t enough deep sleep happening, causing very little oxygen flow to the bloodstream.
  2. Lack of collagen: Collagen is a super important protein made up of amino acids, and it’s the most important part of your skin’s elasticity. When you aren’t getting enough or a deep enough sleep, this throws your hormones all out of whack.

In turn, this directly affects the amount of collagen your body produces. This results in your skin losing its youthful and supple look.

What’s The Answer?

Most importantly, and probably the most obvious answer is to get some more deep sleep. We call it beauty sleep for a reason!

Allowing yourself to get at least 7—9 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night is the way to maintain the balance your body needs to keep your skin looking young. Maintaining a solid bedtime is also a great way to give your body what it needs. If your body gets used to going to bed at 9 pm every night, then it can prepare itself appropriately for a decent night’s rest.

Consuming alcohol or tobacco before bed isn’t the best way to bring about deep sleep. They both have negative effects on the aging process of the skin and put the organs of the body under stress when consumed before bedtime.

Staying hydrated and healthy is really important too. Drink a large glass of water with some freshly squeezed lemon in it to keep your body hydrated throughout the night and first thing in the morning. Lemon is a wonderful way to cleanse the liver and kidneys if you drink it as soon as you wake up. If you feel like your general health needs a boost, you can take supplements and vitamins. Collagen, Vitamin B, C and D to perform its natural functions and keep your skin looking good.

Try to keep your bedtime and sleep time routine free of electronic devices. Switch off your phone, don’t fall asleep watching TV, and turn your Wi-Fi off too if it’s an option. All these frequencies can negatively affect your body’s natural sleep cycle.

If you’re having difficulties to sleep, you might find some relief by doing yoga before going to bed or putting
calming gems under your cushion.

Having a proper night-time facial cleansing routine is a must. Make sure you wash off all the make-up, dirt, sweat, and oils from the day. Sleeping with a dirty face means the product or natural build-up on your skin spends all night seeping into your pores. This can have serious negative consequences on your aging process.

Find a good quality moisturizer, preferably one that is chemical-free. Going to bed with your skin clean, soft, moist and supple will give it an extra chance at healing and regenerating throughout the night.

Last but not least, make sure your bed is a safe and comfortable space. Ensure that you have the right pillow and that your bedding is soft and comforting. Feeling relaxed and happy to get into a soft, warm, and cozy bed at night will do wonders in ensuring you’re getting the deepest possible sleep. Your skin will thank you for it!

Getting your beauty sleep is crucial for a happy life and healthy skin, so be sure to prioritize your rest time when you can. For further assistance on how to improve your sleep and fight against sleep deprivation and other chronic sleeping conditions, call Alaska Sleep Clinic today @ 907-420-0540.

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