Monday, April 13, 2015

How Sleep Makes You Beautiful

Photo Credit: Planetchopstick

Sleep enhances your skin's natural beauty.
Getting enough shut-eye is vital to your skin's health.  When you lack sleep, your blood does does not flow efficiently.  While you are sleeping, you body produces human growth hormones that are an important ingredient in the production of collagen.  Collagen helps keep your skin looking healthy and young.  However, all of this metabolic activity causes your skin to lose 25 percent more water during the night than it does during the day.  Using a moisturizing cream, such as Olay Regenerist Night Recovery Cream, can help prevent moisture loss while enjoying the many benefits of a good nights sleep.

Not getting enough sleep can lead to an increased level of stress hormones in your body.
When these stress hormone levels get too high increased inflammation within the skin occurs.
This contributes to to accelerated aging (such as wrinkles and dull skin) and worsens acne.  A rise in grown hormones occurs during deep sleep while allows damaged skin cells to be repaired   When you do not experience this deep phase of sleep noticeable signs of aging will begin to occur.  In addition, those who are habitually sleep deprived can develop skin sensitivity and irritation as their skin loses it's ability to protect itself from the harmful pollutants in the environment.

Your body rebalances it's hydration while you are sleeping.  This is the perfect time to use a moisturizing cream because your skin is recovering moisture while excess water in the body is preparing to be removed.  When you do not get enough sleep you are at risk of water imbalance, which can lead to puffy eyes and dry, wrinkled skin.

Sleep contributes to weight management.
Not getting enough sleep is a contributing factor to weight gain.  Sleep deprivation has been linked to snacking in excess and greater calorie consumption.  The amount of sleep that you get can affect the appetite-controlling hormones gherkin and leptin.  When you are sleep deprived your gherkin (which is an appetite-stimulant) levels rise and your leptin (which is an appetite-suppressant) drop.  Thus, you are left with cravings and an increased appetite.

Improve your sleep with a supportive sleep surface.
Because your shoulders and hips stick out further than your side and back they bear much more of the weight when you lie down.  This causes pressure on the sensitive areas of your body.  This often causes excessive tossing and turning in an attempt to avoid these pressure points which exhibits you from reaching the deep phase of healing sleep that your skin desperately needs.  The subconscious mind tells your brain that it is time to move (you are likely not even aware of most of these movements).  You almost wake up when you move which means that you leave the deep, restful level of sleep and move into level 1 sleep.  

If you sleep on a mattress that is too firm you end up shifting frequently until you no longer find relieve and develop sleep-related hip or shoulder discomfort.  More importantly, you have sacrificed your opportunity to spend the time you need in the deep, restful levels of sleep necessary to heal your body and prepare for the next day.  A sleep surface, such as the IntelliBED, provides significantly less pressure (50-80%) than other leading brands.  In fact, many sleepers have reported that they wake up in the same position that they went to sleep in.  

I have personally experienced the benefits of the support that an Intellibed can offer.  For as long as I can remember, I have struggled to get a good nights sleep.  This is partly due to the fact that I have slight scoliosis which leave me feeling uncomfortable when pressure is placed on my spine.  The IntelliBED has made a world of difference. 

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1 comment

  1. I know sleep is important, but unless I am dog tired I still can't go to sleep before midnight. And it's not that great since I try to be up at the gym for 5 am. (*SITS following)


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