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beauty sleep

Beauty sleep is for real when it comes to skin and hair

beauty sleep

 

The human body repairs and recovers during the time you sleep. It is necessary to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep at night in order to look and feel healthy. If you sleep less than 6 hours then it affects your skin and hair. Let us look at the benefits for the skin and hair that you get by sleeping enough.

 

Impact on the skin if you get good sleep

  • Fewer wrinkles – skin makes collagen when you are sleeping and that makes the skin supple and youthful. With more collagen in the skin there are lesser chances of the skin sagging and wrinkling. Less sleep also makes the skin dry which makes the fine lines and wrinkles more visible.
  • You get a glowing complexion – when you sleep the body boosts the flow of blood to the skin. This means that you will wake up to a healthy glow. If you sleep less then your complexion will look ashen, drab or lifeless. Sleep deprivation causes a decrease in flow of blood to the skin around your face.
  • Brighter and less puffy eyes – if you sleep less then you will end up with bags or dark circles under the eyes. Puffy eyes are the first symptom of sleep deprivation. If you get enough sleep then you will not get the bags or dark circles around the eyes. It is also advisable to keep yourself hydrated and elevate your head with an extra pillow at night. That will also help to reduce the swelling below the eyes.

 

Impact on hair if you get good sleep

Lack of sleep can cause hair loss, breakage, damage and even reduce the hair growth. The hair follicles get their nutrition from blood flow in the scalp. When you sleep less the blood flow slows down and hair does not get the nutrition that it requires and this causes the hair to become weak and it has problem in growth as well. Lack of sleep also causes stress which in turn increases the level of cortisol causing you to lose hair.

A proper sleep is necessary for the protein synthesis of the hair. It is also necessary for the release of growth hormones and enzymes which are needed for the overall health and growth of the hair. If you get enough sleep then the body’s natural hormones are affected in a positive manner and this is the most important part of preventing hair loss. Melatonin is a hormone that regulates the sleep cycle and also increases the growth of hair. If the melatonin levels of the body is decreased then it can also result in hair loss.

Sleep deprivation also causes stress and this in turn causes a state of telogen effluvium hair loss. In this case the hair follicle is pushed into a premature resting state and this then leads to a premature shedding state.

It is important to get your beauty sleep, because it does end up making you more beautiful. Good quality and quantity of sleep not just makes your skin and hair better and healthier, but also makes you feel more fresh and energised.