Getting only a few hours of sleep can hold back metabolism and hormone production in a way that is related to the effects of aging and early stages of diabetes. It is indisputable that a good’s night sleep is beneficial for your health on many levels. Study after study has shown that getting at least seven hours of shuteye a night can lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes, strengthen your immune system against colds, help you manage your weight, and increase your overall productivity throughout the day. A recent clinical trial seems to have found yet another benefit to a good night’s sleep: more youthful skin and quicker recovery following sun exposure. What more do we know about how sleep affects the skin?
What Happens When We Sleep
At the same time as we sleep at night, our bodies take time to restore energy and rebuild tissue and cells. While we are asleep, hormone growth is at its peak and cell and tissue repair begins. This method reinforces fresh, new skin that replaces the old, dead skin. Throughout our sleep, the facial muscles are relaxed, which allows the layers of skin to rejuvenate, therefore helping to smooth wrinkles and fine lines.
Younger, Faster-Recovering Skin amongst Good Sleepers
Those with poor sleep quality had greater signs of skin aging, such as fine lines and skin laxity. In addition, the skin of individuals with good sleep quality recovered much quicker than individuals with poor sleep quality. For instance, individuals with poor sleep quality had higher rates of redness 72 hours after a sunburn compared to those with good sleep quality. What does this mean for you?
Sleep Position Matters
As stated time and time again, a good night’s sleep does wonders for the entire body. Not only will your overall health benefit but your skin as well. As we age, the connective tissue and collagen in the face isn’t as tough and supportive as it used to be. When you constantly sleep in the same position every night, the skin gets damaged. Where your face is pushed into the pillow wrinkles and fine lines may form.
Aging Skin Keeping You Up At Night? Contact Us Today!
No matter what, noticeable signs of aging may still present themselves on the skin. If you are concerned about your aging skin, contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss treatment options. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are trained in the latest minimally invasive treatment options to rejuvenate loose, aging skin. If wrinkles and fine lines are your problem, we offer Botox and a full range of injectable fillers. Our conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens (Bayside, Flushing), Long Island – Nassau/Suffolk (Roslyn Heights, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City (Upper West Side, Upper East Side), Brooklyn (Park Slope) Westchester County (Ossining, Briarcliff Manor), Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.