We’ve all had this happen to us: You’re trying to get through your day after a night of little sleep or a long, exhausting week, and everyone you run into can’t help but remark how tired you look. It turns out that “beauty sleep” is more than just an expression – sleep is vital to rejuvenation, and missing z’s can lead to skin problems and more.
All living creatures need sleep, and humans are no exception. Science is still looking into all of the ways that sleep is vital for well-being, but here’s what we do know: Your body uses its sleeping hours to regenerate and repair itself. This is true both mentally and physically. It’s why you sleep more when you’re sick, and why sleepless nights can leave you looking and feeling less than your best.
Processes that occur during sleep include:
If you don’t get enough sleep, especially over time, you may notice several tell-tale signs, including:
Lack of sleep and poor quality sleep can both contribute to skin problems and premature aging – in addition to many other issues. The importance of quality sleep can’t be overlooked!
Is your skin showing signs of tiredness? Here are a few tips for boosting your appearance (and get a better night’s sleep):
You can also help to undo some of the temporary effects of poor sleep, such as bags under the eyes, with anti-inflammatory treatments, moisturizers, and other skincare products – but nothing is as good for you as good old-fashioned beauty sleep.