Is beauty sleep real? The benefits of a good night’s sleep
What if we told you that the best-kept secret to add to your beauty regime is beauty sleep? You’re probably thinking, “Nah, beauty sleep isn’t real.” Well, hot off the press, it is.
We’re pretty sure your skincare collection includes a pyramid of products promising anti-ageing miracles. And while you shouldn’t fully abandon that well-established routine, getting more quality sleep can amp up your appearance, naturally.
When you get proper sleep, your brain and body perform crucial maintenance tasks, boosting your good looks and giving you the closest thing there is to a fountain of youth. So, if dark circles, puffy eyes and signs of ageing are dulling your youthful appearance, read on to see why your sleep routine can help turn that around.
What is beauty sleep?
Beauty sleep simply means restorative sleep; sleep that allows the body to cycle through the full 5 stages of sleep, helping you to stay younger and more vibrant.
During sleep, your body rebalances and reboots your mental state, internal functions and hormone levels. What’s more, it restores your collagen, the protein that provides the structure to much of your body, including your bones, skin, tendons, and ligaments, and which is the key ingredient your body has in fighting the ageing process.
Skin restoration and beauty sleep go hand-in-hand. Did you know that when you’re least active, (asleep) your skin is the most active? It’s hard at work refreshing and detoxifying itself, priming it for another day. That’s why, when you are sleep deprived (or skimp on your sleep), you’re taking away precious time for your skin to rejuvenate, leading to a dull appearance (which nobody wants, right?).
The benefits of beauty sleep
You’ve scheduled that “ready for bed” alarm, prepped and preened your evening beauty routine and practised your guided sleep meditation.
Now, let’s see what your new regular beauty sleep will deliver:
Waking up with puffy eyes is a sure sign of sleep deprivation. When you’re under stress, your cortisol levels rise, creating an imbalance of salt in the body. Salt dehydrates your body and forces it to retain water, causing puffiness.
When we get more restful sleep, we have clearer skin. During sleep, our skin heals any damage done during the day, whether by UV rays, pollution or seasonal changes. Allowing yourself to have more restful sleep (sleep without the stress that can cause breakouts) helps your skin cells renew faster.
Here’s a secret that nobody has told you: our skin’s clock turns backwards when we’re asleep. If this isn’t enough to make you get your beauty-winks, consider the fact that there is no (natural) product on earth that can give you the same anti-ageing benefits of sleep. During sleep (and by now you should know), your skin is tirelessly rebuilding your collagen to smooth wrinkles, reduce age spots, and repair UV damage.
Improves physical performance
Keeping fit and getting our daily dose of endorphins is a product of good sleep. Quality sleep gives us energy, boosts our moods and keeps us rejuvenated. And, we know that when we feel good, we look good too.
More mileage for your beauty products
Without good sleep, your beauty products can only go so far and take longer to achieve the desired effect that sleep can help accomplish. Choosing products that strategically help in optimising your skin’s nighttime recovery process will help them work better and deeper.
A restorative night’s sleep aids the protein synthesis of your hair (the process in which your cells make keratin) and the release of enzymes and growth hormones that are necessary for a healthy – and beautiful – head of hair.
So, how long should your beauty sleep be?
To wake up younger, healthier, and the most beautiful version of you, experts say you should be getting between 7-9 hours of quality, uninterrupted sleep every night.
We understand that sometimes, getting 8 hours of sleep just isn’t possible, but if you stay consistent with your sleep schedule and pay attention to how much sleep your body needs, your (inner and outer) beauty will thank you for it.