Science is Saying Beauty Sleep is More Than a Myth!

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Science is Saying Beauty Sleep is More Than a Myth!

Did you grow up hearing “you need to get your beauty sleep” and felt like it was nothing more than a clever ploy to get you to go to bed? While cunning parents around the world have been using this tactic for years in order to enjoy a little adult peace and quiet around the house, recent research reveals that a decent night’s rest actually does affect your outward appearance, revealing this old wives tale is more than just a myth.

In one study, a group of volunteers was photographed after 8 hours of sleep while another had pictures taken after 31 hours of being awake. Those who were sleep deprived were rated as looking much less healthy and attractive than those who had a good night’s rest.[1]

The Skin Study Centre at University Hospitals in Ohio also claims it can now demonstrate how the lack of sleep actually accelerates skin’s aging.[2] Furthermore, scientists believe they’ve proved that insufficient shut-eye creates wrinkles and ages one’s appearance![2] In another study, people with little rest were found to have more fine lines, increased hyperpigmentation, and looser skin.[2]

“If you’re interested in having your skin look younger and more healthy, then getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night is one of the best things you can do,” says Michael Breus, PhD and author of Beauty Sleep: Look Younger, Lose Weight, and Feel Great Through Better Sleep. “The deepest stages of sleep are when your body produces the most growth hormone, which aids in cell and tissue repair.”[3]

So obviously sleep is important, especially if you’re looking for healthy, younger-looking skin. But how do you attain this illusive “decent night’s sleep?” Here are a few tips to help you conquer beauty sleep once and for all!

Make it dark. If light, even the faint glow from small electronics, affects your sleep cycle, trying blocking it from your bedroom. Use blackout curtains and unplugging everything that glows. If light seeps in under the door, cover it with a towel.

Block out noise. Sound can interrupt even the deepest of sleeps. Try sleeping in quiet areas of the house, preferably away from noisy streets. If sound blocking devices like white noise machines or fans seem to help, use them!

Maintain a sleep cycle. Monday mornings are much harder when you’ve spent the weekend staying up all night and sleeping all day. Avoid this by sticking to similar sleeping times during the week and on weekends.

Getting a full night’s rest is important for reasons beyond physical appearance. It’s an important aspect of staying healthy and happy throughout your life.

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[1] Briggs, H. (2010). Beauty sleep concept is not a myth, study says. Accessed October 22, 2015. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.com/news/health-11993944

[2] Artis, L. (2013). Beauty sleep is not a myth Accessed October 22, 2015. Retrieved from http://www.sleepcouncil.org.uk/2013/07/beauty-sleep-is-not-a-myth/

[3] Booth, S. (2015). Beauty sleep: 5 benefits for your skin. Accessed October 22, 2015. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/discomfort-15/better-sleep/beauty-sleep.

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