You probably already know that getting sufficient sleep is good for you. It isn’t just important if you want good skin, scientists have also found that it’s linked to longevity. Now, if you’re wondering how exactly sleeping helps with achieving great complexion, read on.
1. Sleeping helps reduce chances of inflammation
Your body regulates your blood sugar while you sleep, so having sufficient sleep help improve your glucose levels and metabolism rates. These will help your skin to better fight inflammation. The ability to overcome inflammation is important. Pimples appear when your skin is inflamed, which means you’re helping your pimples heal faster when you sleep enough.
2. Collagen is produced while you sleep
Collagen is the connective tissues of our skin that gives our skin the elasticity and bounce that are associated with youthfulness. Our body can produce collagen naturally, but this natural ability slows down as we age. Because skin goes through repair when we rest and rejuvenate cells that are responsible for collagen production, it means that sleeping sufficiently helps give your body time to go through this process.
3. Your skin fights against environmental aggressors
You’re exposed to a number of environmental aggressors as you sleep. Free radical damage from UV rays and pollution is one of the main culprits for skin ageing. When you sleep, your body produces melatonin, a hormone that is produced when your body knows there’s darkness and rest. This hormone repairs your body and acts as a form of antioxidant to reduce the effects of free radicals. Having enough sleep essentially means giving your body the opportunity to produce this skin-repairing hormone.
4. It works with the products you use and strengthen their effects
Because repairing damage and recovery are the key mandate by your body when you sleep, it is able to work more effectively with the skincare products that you’ve applied to rejuvenate your skin. This means that, if you’ve been sleep-deprived recently and notice that your skincare products don’t work as well as they used to, it could be that you need to add sleep into the equation for them to work better.
5. Your skin’s defence mechanism is built up
You probably know that sleeping sufficiently helps build your immune system. This is because the hollows of your eyes, ears, mouth, and nose are lined with a layer of mucus that keep out harmful bacteria. When you don’t get enough sleep, this membrane doesn’t work as well as it should. In effect, not just your skin, your health may also be compromised.
How much should you sleep?
While sleep offers a lot of benefits, it doesn’t mean you should sleep too much. Seven to nine hours of sleep is the ideal amount you require, and if you sleep too much, it can actually break down skin cells, which is obviously bad for your skin.