How A Lack Of Sleep Shows Up On Your Face
When you don’t get enough sleep, what do you notice? Surely you’ll feel tired – that’s a given – but after putting some thought into it, here are a few other things you might consider when answering that very question: irritability, crankiness, headaches and muscle aches. While these are all very common and serious results of a sleepless night, many people don’t consider the fact that a lack of sleep can become very apparent on your face.
What’s Sleep Got to do With it?
When you deprive your body of sleep, you’re essentially depriving your body and brain of nourishment. Think of sleep as food – a vital nutrient – for your brain; when you don’t get the sleep you need your body isn’t able to function properly. While sleeping the body rids itself of dead blood cells, brain cells and skin cells, which will ultimately be replaced with new, healthy cells. During this time, the body sheds harmful toxins, but when you don’t clock in enough hours, there isn’t enough time to finish the process.
Without a solid night’s rest, the skin can’t go through the proper checks and balances. A lack of sleep typically results in raised cortisol levels, low hydration levels, and low pH levels. What does all this mean for you? Spiked cortisol levels lead to inflammation of the skin, which makes already existing blemishes worse. In addition, cortisol takes over the job of the growth regulating hormones (GRH). When GRH can work properly, they’ll regenerate the skin’s collagen while you sleep, but with high levels of cortisol around, collagen won’t be reproduced which means there is not a natural defense against wrinkles. In addition, depleting moisture and pH levels gives your skin a dull appearance rather than a youthful glow.
Those wretched under-the-eye marks that we all hate. They’re not only a sign of aging, but they’re also a huge sign of sleep deprivation. As we mentioned before, your body regenerates red blood cells while you sleep, but when the body isn’t able to go through it’s entire process, you’ve left with a blue-ish purple shadow under your eyes. In addition, the cells that line the blood vessels in the eye are deprived of regeneration, which causes the blood vessels to swell up and give you ill looking bloodshot eyes.
Getting Your Beauty Sleep
There’s no denying that life happens; sometimes staying awake until the early hours of the morning is the only way to get things done, but let that be the exceptions. Don’t make a habit of staying up too late because it will be written all over your face. Try to get into a night-time routine, practicing the same activities right before bed. This will signal to your mind and body that it’s time to go to sleep so that you can wake up looking and feeling refreshed.
The only thing worse than dark circles is dark and puffy under-eye circles. Ironically, puffiness and inflammation are just another way lack of sleep shows up on your face the next day. With the hormones and chemicals being out of balance, the body has a tendency to hold on to sodium, and in turn, pull and hold water. While many people notice their eyes and cheeks puffing up, a fair number of people are prone to noticing all-over body bloat.