How Sleep Enhances Beauty

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Beauty sleep seems to be associated with tales of sleeping beauty and snow white but the truth is that sleep does indeed bring about beauty. This has been proven by a research by John Axelsson. The study shows evidence that sleep does have an effect on how ones beauty is perceived.

The study, led by John Axelsson of Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, was published Dec. 14 in BMJ, a British medical journal. It set out to explore the effect that sleep has on how one is perceived, specifically on others’ judgments of an individual’s attractiveness and health.

A group of 23 participants, all between the ages of 18 and 31, were photographed twice: once after getting a full eight hours of sleep, and then again when limited to five hours of sleep followed by 31 hours of sleep deprivation. The researchers then asked a group of 65 untrained observers to rate the photographs based on healthiness, attractiveness and overall tiredness. The observers were unaware which of the two photographs in each pair was taken after a normal night’s sleep and which was not.

“Our findings show that sleep-deprived people appear less healthy, less attractive and more tired compared with when they are well rested,” wrote the researchers. “This suggests that humans are sensitive to sleep-related facial cues.”

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There is a reason why a woman can be wide awake and it is not because of the song but because of getting enough sleep. On top of wide awake eyes that do not sag there is radiant skin.



A Radiant Complexion

Skimp on shut-eye and your skin will look dull. “When you’re tired, blood doesn’t flow efficiently,” says Michael Breus, MD, author of Beauty Sleep. As you snooze, your body churns out human growth hormone — a crucial ingredient for collagen production. All this below-the-surface metabolic activity, however, helps cause skin to lose about 25 percent more water overnight than it does during the day, says Howard Murad, MD, author of The Water Secret. Prevent moisture loss by applying a cream with skin-sealing dimethicone.

Wide-Awake Eyes

The reason you’re stuck hauling overnight bags on your a.m. commute: When you’re horizontal all night, fluid can pool beneath your eyes. To prevent this, skip salty foods after lunch and stick to one glass of wine at dinner; sodium and alcohol encourage swelling, says Neil Sadick, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. Before bed, dab on a gel with caffeine, which temporarily tightens skin.

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The dangers of not getting sufficient sleep are detrimental to your beauty. From poor immunity to hydration imbalances that destroy the glow of your skin.

Not enough sleep detracts from your skin’s natural beauty. Increased inflammatory cells in the body lead to an increase in the breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid, the molecules that give the skin its glow, bounce, and translucency.

Not enough sleep makes immune-related skin problems worse. Increased inflammation in the body throws off the body’s ability to regulate the immune system, which leads not only to getting sick more often, but also to flares of immune-related skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema. Psoriasis is not just a skin disease; it’s also an indicator of body inflammation. “Many people with severe psoriasis actually have an increased risk for heart attacks, which is even more reason to keep stress low and get good quality sleep,” Dr. Krant says.

Not enough sleep results in less beauty. While you’re sleeping, the body’s hydration rebalances. Skin is able to recover moisture, while excess water in general in the body is processed for removal. Not getting enough sleep results in poor water balance, leading to puffy bags under your eyes and under-eye circles, as well as dryness and more visible wrinkles.

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