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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 this trial?
The clinical trial was conducted at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The participants consisted of 60 women between the ages of 30 and 49, with half of those women exhibiting poor sleep quality as per the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and a week-long sleep log they each kept. To identify the occurrence and severity of skin aging, each participant underwent a visual skin examination as well as minimally-invasive tests including exposure to UV light. What did they find?
Upon further examination, 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?
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 so will your skin. While many people claim to religiously follow anti-aging regimens, very few may consider sufficient sleep to be a part of that. Even though it may sometimes be difficult, try to get that full night of sleep so that you – and your skin – can wake up the next day feeling refreshed.
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.