Do you ever look at your skin and wonder why it’s still not looking its best, despite that fact that you’re eating the right foods, cleansing well and exercising regularly? It might be time to consider your sleeping routine. Fatigue can wreak absolute havoc when it comes to your skin functioning properly. There’s something to consider the next time you sacrifice your valuable shut-eye time.
Your body needs to repair.
It’s that simple. Your body runs all day and uses the time as you rest to repair and rejuvenate for the next. When you refuse it that valuable time, it can’t operate effectively and perform the necessary functions to be at optimum health. Here’s a few things your body is missing out on when it comes to your skin and fatigue.
Tiredness can lead to an imbalance of moisture and PH levels in the skin. Low PH levels means that your body isn’t able to produce the necessary moisture to keep your skin healthy and hydrated. As a result, it will look dry and flaky. This imbalance can also lead to redness and can even cause breakouts.
During the day, your skin is exposed to all kind of toxins, environmental pollutants and UV rays. Your body uses this time whilst you sleep to dispose of these toxins. In fact, studies have shown that the brain can remove up to 60% more toxins when the body is getting adequate sleep and rest. Without the opportunity to rid itself of pollutants, the skin suffers from blemishes and dullness.
Puffy eyes come part and parcel with a lack of sleep. If you’ve become accustomed to puffiness in the mornings, it’s highly likely you need to get your sleep in check. During the day, your body builds up fluids. These are disposed of as we sleep. If our sleep is cut short, the body doesn’t have the time to rejuvenate, meaning the fluid remains there when we wake up.
Tired translates to stress
Even if you may not feel it, our bodies read a lack of sleep as ‘stress’ as we are pushing it to its limits. When this is the case, our body releases the stress hormone ‘cortisol’. This hormone, over time, can lead to the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin, which are responsible for tight and bouncy skin. The damage caused by lack of sleep can lead to sagging and drooping. Furthermore, stress has also been related to the interruption of melanin production. As melanin is responsible for the pigment in your skin, a lack of it lead to a sallow complexion.
Time to heal
In our deep sleep cycle, our body goes into repair mode. This is when the very important Human Growth Hormone is released. Human Growth Hormone, as adults, assists in tougher skin and bones. When our body experiences a cycle of deep sleep, it is in its most effective reparative state. With interrupted, or not enough sleep, we aren’t getting to those most important sleep cycles for our bodies to heal the daily damage.
It’s so important to give your body adequate rest, especially now that we know just how detrimental it can be to our skin!