April 6, 2012
Sleeping or a lack thereof affects your body in different ways. Sleeping is the time when your body heals and recharges itself. Lack of sleep gives the opposite effect on your body. Your sleeping habits make or break the condition of your skin. There are several sleep factors that directly affect your skin.
Lack of sleep has a number of consequences which can result in acne. One of them is the weakening of your immune system. This makes you susceptible to bacteria that inevitably cause acne. Another is increased inflammation. Your body gives stronger inflammatory response when you lack sleep. This turns small pimples into big, red ones. Sleep deprivation also increases insulin resistance. When this happens, it increases the turnover rate of your skin cells. This means that more dead skin cells will block your pores thus resulting to acne.
Our body clock is in tune with nature’s night-and-day clock. It naturally slows down when it’s night time, telling your body to get some sleep. There are also healing processes taking place when we sleep. Between 11pm to 2am, our body detoxifies and makes major repairs around that time. If we don’t sleep by then we won’t be able to experience the natural healing that our body does. This makes our body organs weak, including our skin. Our skin will eventually break and give us acne if we don’t give it ample time to rejuvenate itself.
Quality of Sleep
Sleeping long doesn’t equate to quality sleep. We sleep in 5 stages. The fifth stage is the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) stage where sleeping is at its deepest. You need approximately two hours to reach REM. If you don’t reach REM, your sleep is shallow and you won’t feel rested. Your body won’t be able to keep up with the activities you did during the day if you don’t get quality sleep. This affects your skin because it needs to recover from the stress and exposure to different elements throughout the day. Your skin needs to relax and not be uptight at night. Not getting quality sleep eventually leads to poor skin condition which results in the accumulation of acne.
Your skin will reap the benefits of getting good ample sleep. On the flipside, if you’re sleep deprived, your skin will also suffer its consequences. Sleep is your best health ally. It gives you natural healing and rejuvenation that translates into radiant skin.