Dear Health-conscious Friend,
How Sleep Keeps You Looking Good… and Good Looking
Sleep is about as close to magic as exists in real life. While we sleep, our bodies repair themselves. At the same time, our brains process information – often reinforcing new skills and other learning.
After a good night’s sleep, you wake up feeling great… ready to take on the world.
But would you believe that a good night’s sleep leaves you better looking? And I’m not just talking about losing the bags under your eyes.
Sleeping well cuts your risk of heart trouble… it boosts your immune system… helps you stay leaner and trimmer… and helps you think more quickly and clearly. And they’re all good reasons to promote good sleep habits.
But here’s another reason. A reason we didn’t have a clue about until very recently…
Poor sleep speeds up skin aging.
If you’re skipping out on sleep, even your skin is paying the price. And it’s paying in several ways.
That’s what a team at University Hospitals Case Medical Center discovered. In their skin tests, good sleepers scored far better poor sleepers.
Sixty women – between 30 and 49 years old – volunteered for the study. Half of them were good sleepers, the other half slept poorly.
The doctors administered a battery of tests designed to determine both sleep and skin quality. And the results were clear. Sleeping well is like an anti-aging elixir for your skin.
In aging terms – elasticity, sagging, fine lines and uneven skin coloring – good sleepers scored far better.
Poor sleepers’ skin also took far longer to recover from exposure to UV light. Their scores were also 30% lower than good sleepers in terms of holding moisture.
The researchers didn’t select volunteers for body weight. But the poor sleepers in this study were also about 30% more likely to be obese.
You probably won’t be surprised to learn the good sleepers also rated their appearance as more pleasing than the poor sleepers.
So what does this mean to you? Just that getting a good night’s sleep is an easy and inexpensive way to help keep your skin looking fresher and more youthful.
If you’re having trouble getting enough sleep, try one (or more) of these simple tricks…
- Take a mild nutritional supplement to help you sleep. Melatonin is a good choice. You could also try valerian, lemon balm or passionflower extract.
- Set a sleep schedule and stick to it. Even on weekends. People who keep to a schedule tend to sleep better and longer.
- Exercise regularly, but not in the evening. Exercise promotes better sleep. But if you exercise too late in the day, your body will be wide awake.
- Avoid bright lights in the hour or two before bed. Blue light especially triggers your body to be more wakeful.
Source: “Esteé Lauder Clinical Trial Finds Link between Sleep Deprivation and Skin Aging ,” University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Jul 17, 2013.