Getting real about beauty sleep

You've probably heard the term 'getting your beauty sleep' but can beauty sleep really aid in making you look good too? While the term has been used casually over time to suggest how one can feel and look good after a good nights sleep, research suggests that there is an element of truth behind this statement and that it could potentially be the first step to maintaining a fountain of youth.

It is common knowledge that your body repairs itself while you sleep and ensuring you get between 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night can offer a list of benefits for both your wellbeing and your skin. Anything below this can negatively impact you over time, sometimes leading to numerous health problems including stress and anxiety that can consequently impact your appearance.

From wrinkles and puffy eyes to dull skin and irritable moods, these are just some of the consequences when suffering from lack of sleep. To test this theory, a study was carried out on 25 participants at the Karolinska Institute and led by experts in clinical neuroscience, to discover whether there was actually any correlation between those who got a good nights sleep and their appearance.

The 25 participants were asked to have two consecutive nights of good quality sleep and then after a week, endure two nights of poor quality sleep. Pictures of the participants were taken after both events and then 120 random strangers were asked to comment on their attractiveness, health, trustworthiness and sleepiness, along with whether they would be inclined to socialise with them.

The results concluded that strangers were able to judge by the pictures whether someone was suffering from lack of sleep and that their perceived attraction towards the subject suffered because of it. The tired-looking photos were observed as less healthy and trustworthy with observers commenting on how they would be less willing to socialise with them.

The power of sleep

Many extensive studies have been carried out to determine the effects of sleep. Generally, they all lead to a common conclusion, that individuals should aim for approximately eight hours of sleep each night and sleep and wake up at roughly the same time each day to make the most of the health benefits.

Fresh glowing skin and reduced wrinkles

Sleeping allows your skin to make new collagen that delays the effects of ageing by helping skin to repair and stay firm whilst reducing sagging. Patricia Wexler, MD, who is a dermatologist in New York, explains how sleep deprived skin can begin to look ashen over time due to lack of sleep and that by sleeping for 7 hours or more a night alone can reduce the number of fine lines on your face.

Healthier Hair

When you get enough sleep, your hair benefits too. Vitamins, minerals and nutrients from blood flow are delivered to hair follicles when you sleep therefore the more you sleep, the more your hair benefits. By suffering from lack of sleep, blood flow is reduced and can, in turn, cause weaker hair.

Happier, healthier appearance

Though the internal benefits are countless, there is no doubt that the benefits of sleeping can evidently impact our external appearance too. Amongst many studies carried out, a survey was completed of over 8,000 UK adults by researchers at Oxford Economics and the National Centre for Social Research who concluded that the relationship between sleep and happiness was greater than that with health, job security, the health of close relatives and income.

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