Can More Sleep Make You Look Younger?

Beauty Sleep

As the years pass on the calendar, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the bustle of life and kind of (cough, cough) let yourself go. If you’ve been noticing that you’re looking a little worn out in the mirror lately, you could be right. As we age, our body has a harder time reproducing the skin cells that make us look fresh and rejuvenated. But don’t worry! There’s one secret that will help you look younger in just one day! Sleep does wonders for you, both inside and out. If you can imagine, sleep does even more than helping you to feel rested, protecting your health and immune system, improving your cognitive function, your memory, and your athletic performance.[1] Getting enough sleep every night can also help you look your best. To help get that great, healthy, all-over glow, make sure to get heaps of beauty sleep.[2]

Can sleep really provide beauty benefits?

You drink your recommended 8 glasses of water a day and make sure to moisturize. But all that could be for naught if you don’t give your skin cells time to repair and regenerate, a process which happens during sleep. Both Deep and REM sleep have been linked to cell and tissue repair, so giving your skin an extra boost by making sure you get your shut-eye is an added bonus.[3] Collagen is made while you snooze, so getting more sleep can help fight the appearance of wrinkles.[4] A regular sleep schedule also helps to keep your immune system in shape, which could help you fight any skin rash or irritation as well.

And what about those bags under your eyes? Chances are, if you didn’t get enough sleep the night before, they’re slightly bigger—and maybe darker.[5] Instead of relying on that concealer stick for those dark bags, get some extra sleep to help reduce that swelling, discolored look your eyes get when you’re short on rest.

If your hair is looking a little less luxe and a little more on the dry side, sleep can also help but you’ll need to be proactive. Every now and then you need to just give it a rest: no flat iron, blow dryer, product, ponytail, nothing. Count your daily 7 to 9 hours of sleep as part of that hair break. Just don’t go to bed with wet hair, or you might disturb your sleep! Sleeping with cold hair can make your scalp lose much-needed heat and cause you to wake through the night disrupting your sleep pattern. It can also lead to headaches and sinus pain.[6] Getting enough sleep can also reduce your stress levels which have been linked to earlier hair loss. [7]

If you’re not hooked on the above beauty benefits alone, you’ll love the fact that sleep has a profound effect on your weight making you feel more beautiful. You’ve heard it before: sleep is the ultimate weight loss strategy!  You can count calories and exercise like crazy but if you try and cut corners on sleep you won’t get the full benefits, and you may struggle to keep weight off. Getting plentiful amounts of sleep, on the other hand, can keep your appetite in check, help you burn calories more effectively, and give you more energy for physical activity.[8] Win? Win.

It feels good to look in the mirror and feel happy at what you see. By making sure to reap your full amount of sleep each night, your body will radiate the fact that it’s well-rested and ready to take on the day. Who knew sleep could help you feel that way?!

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