A good night's sleep is imperative for your body to restore the energy lost during the day, but it's also a chance for the skin to slowly renew itself. Longer periods of sleep allow for greater periods of dermatological renewal, while shorter periods mean that your skin won't have enough time to repair some of the damage it received.
The major physical changes are the ones you probably notice first. When you don't get enough sleep, you tend to wake up with puffy, irritated eyes, often with bags under them. This can eventually lead to more lines and wrinkles around the eye area. Your skin will also start to lose some of its natural color if you live a sleep-deprived life: your face will be paler, and any blemishes like pimples (which can be aggravated by lack of sleep) will be more visible. No matter how well you think you might be coping with a light sleeping schedule, your face will tell a different tale.
Here's something you might not be aware of: When you're stressed, your body releases a chemical called cortisol, a steroid hormone that helps the body fight stress but also takes a toll. Chronic stress winds up releasing copious amounts of cortisol, which can have an adverse effect on your blood pressure and reproductive system. Too much cortisol can also cause your body to store fat which can cause weight gain.
You know when your body produces the least amount of cortisol? You guessed it: When you're asleep. The lowest levels will occur approximately three to five hours after you fall asleep, which usually is between midnight and 4:00 AM. A of sleep, or even regular sleep disruptions, can result in higher levels of cortisol which can have the same effect on your body as if it had suffered from chronic stress.
So what do you do? There are plenty of remedies on the market for damaged skin, but the best way to restore skin damage caused by lack of sleep is, simply, to start sleeping more. Whatever's keeping you from getting at least seven hours of sleep a night should be eliminated or at least be re-organized in your schedule. You should also avoid stimulants before bed such as caffeinated sodas and coffee. Also, don't ingest chemicals that will just make sleep more difficult. Avoid television, as well; if you're looking for a diversion, try a book or some magazine articles, but not anything that is too involved or complicated. The goal is to keep your brain working but let it wind down.
Remember: A good night's sleep isn't just important for your brain and body. It's also the key to younger, more natural, healthier skin.
By-line: This guest post is contributed by Tisha Dotson, who writes on the topics of medical coding certification. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: tishadotson86 @gmail . com.