Most of us know what it feels like to be sleep deprived. Sometimes it could be your newborn baby that is keeping you up all night. Other times it could be work or even studying for a test.
However, regardless of the cause, sleep deprivation can make simple decision-making tough, make the individual feel weak, cause eating disorders, or even develop erratic mood swings.
Apart from these, there are physical signs of sleep deprivation that primarily affects your skin. Some of these include puffy eyes, dark circles, dull skin, and even skin aging symptoms like fine lines.
Studies have reported that while a lack of sleep leads to the decline of the immune system, changes to the immune system affects the production of collagen – an important protein that maintains the strength and elasticity of the skin.1
So, sleep is not only important for the body to function normally, it is also important to protect your skin and its appearance. Here are some ways you can get some good quality beauty sleep.
Use Soft Fabrics For Your Bed
When you purchase bedsheets, try choosing soft fabrics like satin or silk. These soft materials can prevent your hair from being tangles and may even help avoid breakage.
Silk or satin pillow covers when in contact with the skin produce very little friction, which is a good thing. That way you don’t have to worry about wrinkles or fine lines forming on your face.
2. Sleep On Your Back
Talking of wrinkles, to stop it from forming in the first place, it could be a good idea to sleep on your back unless you are advised otherwise by your healthcare provider.
Although pressing your face, chest, and stomach into the pillows might seem the most comfortable sleep position ever, it could cause premature aging of your skin.
Change The Pillow Covers Often
It is important to change pillow covers frequently to protect your skin. When you sleep, the pillow covers are in constant contact with your face.
As a result, bacteria from your face is transferred to the pillow covers. With time, bacteria multiplies drastically and could cause acne and other skin irritations.
Therefore, it is important to change the pillow covers at least once a week. If you are acne-prone, you might have to change them more frequently.
4. Keep Hair Off Your Face
Having hair all over the face can be annoying even during sleep. So, to avoid any distractions or uneasiness, keep your hair away from your face by tying it up but not too tight either.
Your hair has natural oils and may carry impurities from the environment. If your hair comes in contact with your skin, it could cause breakouts.
5. Remove Makeup Before Sleep
It is important to go to bed with a clean skin. Going to bed with your makeup can cause damage to skin by clogging your pores with impurities and chemicals and may even lead to acne.
In addition, makeup contains irritants that could cause redness or swelling of the skin, especially if you have a sensitive one.
6. Moisturize Your Skin
Moisturizing your skin with a night cream or natural remedies like aloe vera gel is good for your skin before bedtime.
It leaves the skin feeling soft and hydrated throughout the night, preventing dry and dull skin when you wake up in the morning.
Turn Down The Temperature
The National Sleep Foundation recommends keeping the bedroom temperature between 65 and 67 °F for optimal sleep.2
Keeping your room cool rather than warm can assure better sleep quality, in turn, helping your skin to produce enough collagen.3
Apart from these, you can also use aromatherapy to improve your sleep quality thereby improving your moods. Lavender oil, for instance, can reduce feelings of anxiety and promote relaxation giving better sleep quality.4
So, don’t scrimp on your sleep, instead, turn your regular sleep to a good quality, beauty sleep.
|↑1||Kahan, V., M. L. Andersen, J. Tomimori, and S. Tufik. “Can poor sleep affect skin integrity?.” Medical hypotheses 75, no. 6 (2010): 535-537.|
|↑2||The Ideal Temperature for Sleep. National Sleep Foundation.|
|↑3||Sleep Deprivation and Skin. The International Dermal Institute.|
|↑4||Lavender. University of Maryland Medical Center.|