Month two of your resolution to get healthy, stay healthy, be healthy. How’s it working out for you? If the stress or busy-ness of life has been messing with your sleep, there’s a good chance it isn’t working out so well. And while it’s not really as important as health and wellness, your physical appearance suffers from a lack of sleep, too.
There have even been studies confirming that, when you don’t sleep, well, you just don’t look as great. From skin to hair to weight issues, a lot of the most common beauty challenges are affected by sleep. Here are just a few.
Lack of sleep affects your looks.
Tired, Puffy Eyes.
It’s easy to spot a tired person in a crowd. It’s also pretty common knowledge that when you sleep poorly, your eyes take on a bit of swelling. But the reason why your eyes get puffy is a bit more complex than you may think. When we have trouble sleeping, our bodies release cortisol. That causes salt and water retention, which, at night, builds up around the eyes.
Your body produces collagen during sleep, your skin doesn’t get to soak up all that lovely plumpness that makes you look younger and full of life. So if your age-defying eye cream isn’t enough, it may be because you need more of your natural age-defying mechanism — aka sleep.
A few more frightening effects.
Speaking of collagen: it’s also an important factor in the health and vitality of your hair. Combined with a lack of key B vitamins, and those sleepless nights could do some serious damage to your locks. That bedhead is looking a whole lot better now, isn’t it.
From acne to dry skin, sleepless nights cause a host of challenges for your complexion. In addition to complexion-brightening collagen, you sweat while you sleep — and while it may seem strange, this cleansing, moisturizing effect does wonders for your skin.
We’ve talked about how diet affects your sleep. But your sleep affects your diet, too. Poor sleep screws with your metabolism, increases cortisol (which increases your appetite), and leaves you lethargic and less motivated for that big workout.
What’s in the way?
So, we’ll just say it: beauty sleep is a real thing.
Sure, it sounds depressing if you think of all the ways bad sleep affects your looks. But, on the flip side, imagine this: all those things you’re doing to look better become a whole lot easier when you start sleeping well. If you need some tips on how to make it happen, read this. If your mattress is sub-par, it may be time to upgrade to a natural, luxury mattress that makes getting the sleep you need a lot easier.
The bottom line on beauty sleep? It’s real. So make sleep a priority. You’ll like the way better sleep looks on you — and everyone else will notice.