Guest post from Katie Uniacke of Sleep Health Energy.
If I asked you what you thought the most important part of your skincare routine was, you’d probably say that you couldn’t live without your toner, your super expensive moisturizer, or some other product you regularly spend large amounts of money on. As well as your money, you probably spend a large chunk of your time in the mornings and evenings religiously following a laborious routine involving countless products, convinced that having that routine is the most important thing you can do for your skin. But I beg to differ. Consistently getting a good night’s sleep is, in fact, the best tonic for clear, youthful, and glowing skin. No elaborate potions required.
It’s estimated that humans need between 7-9 hours of sleep, and if you’re getting less than that the evidence is probably written all over your face. If you haven’t been sleeping enough, here are a few of the benefits you could see after just a few short days and weeks of treating yourself to a bit more shut-eye.
- A Healthy Glow
Whilst you’re asleep, your body sends more blood to your skin, meaning you wake up glowing and have those rosy cheeks which make you look like you’ve got a bit of life in you. Not sleeping enough is what can lead to lifeless-looking, pale skin. Ayurveda teaches us that if you’re in bed by about 10.30pm on a nightly basis your body has the ability to detox naturally!
- Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed
Okay, so your tail might only be bushy in a metaphorical sense (as you’ll be feeling far more energetic) but you’ll definitely have brighter eyes if you make sure they’re shut for enough hours. We all know that a lack of sleep can lead to dark circles and they’re the first warning signs that you’re sleep-deprived. Dark circles are thanks to blood collecting under the eyes, which it does when it’s not circulating properly, so move those pesky dark circles along and stop relying so heavily on your concealer by prioritising sleep.
- Smoother Skin
Let’s face it, wrinkles are everyone’s worst nightmare, so who in their right mind would make them worse if you can avoid it? Get rid of those expensive creams that make big promises but somehow never deliver, and get yourself into bed earlier instead. New collagen is made when you sleep, as sleep is when your body repairs itself, which stops your skin from sagging and keeps it plump. Five hours sleep instead of seven could mean that twice as many fine lines form on your face within the same amount of time. Sleep-deprived skin is also dryer, so make sure you stay hydrated and get that head down early!
- Clearer Skin
It’s been shown, and I don’t think any of us really needed a scientific investigation to tell us this, that the less sleep we get, the more stressed we tend to be. It’s also been shown that stress leads to the production of certain substances which can make conditions like acne worse, so if you do have spot-prone skin, sleep deprivation could make things a whole lot worse. Of course, it’s also really important to cleanse the skin properly before you jump into bed to let your body work its magic with nothing clogging up your pores and getting in the way.
- Healthy Hair
The excellent news is it’s not just your skin that benefits! Those locks of yours might be looking a bit less-than-luscious thanks to your poor sleeping habits. If you don’t sleep enough, it can lead to hair loss, breakage or damage and even affect hair growth. Hair follicles on your scalp get their nutrients from your blood flow, and, as I’ve mentioned, that blood can’t flow properly into all the corners of your body until you’re safely in the land of nod. Going to bed a little earlier is a far cheaper option than all the treatments for dry hair and hair regrowth you’ve been trying, so why not give it a go and be amazed at the results. Something so simple, yet you’ve been starving yourself of it for so long.
- Put a smile on your face
It might sound odd, but it’s true! If you aren’t sleeping enough the corners of your mouth can start to droop, which, of, course, makes you look sad, no matter how you’re feeling inside (which probably isn’t all that happy anyway if you’re not well-rested!).
The ‘right’ amount of sleep is different for different people. Some thrive on seven and some need the full nine hours. The key is to let your body be your guide, try upgrading to a more comfortable pillow, you’ll know what feels right. Start getting more sleep today, and it won’t be long until you’re feeling the benefits.
Katie is a natural skincare fan who spends most of her time writing for Sleep Health Energy, a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about enjoying top-to-toe health and getting a restful night’s sleep, which will leave you bursting with energy.