You have probably heard the term ‘beauty sleep’ at least once in your lifetime. But, have you ever stopped and wondered what exactly it means? And, why do people talk about it all the time? There is no denying the importance of sleep. It is something we all require to thrive. But, what’s the difference between beauty sleep and regular sleep?
To be completely honest, nothing. Technically, there isn’t a difference between beauty sleep and regular sleep. While you’re sleeping, your body repairs itself. So, getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep vs. the average 5-6 (that people typically get) makes a difference in your overall health and physical appearance. Here are a couple of things that happen to your body while you’re sleeping:
- New Collagen Production. Natural collagen production reduces by one percent each year after the age of 20. When we start to lose collagen in our skin it can appear less firm, plump, youthful, and wrinkles will appear more prominent. While you sleep: the growth hormone is produced, immune system is boosted and promotes a healthy skin barrier. These functions help with collagen production. So, not getting enough sleep negatively effects your appearance.
- Increased Blood Circulation. Another important thing that is happening while you sleep is increased blood circulation throughout the body. The blood flow is more consistent while you sleep; therefore, your complexion is going to look overall healthier. When you are not sleeping enough that is when your complexion can get dull and lifeless, which results in you looking older.
It’s not always possible to get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep every night. But, failing to do so puts your health and appearance at risk. If you’re having trouble, try to disconnect from your cell phone, tv, and any other form of distractions an hour before you want to fall asleep. This helps to calm both your mind and body so you can focus on getting to sleep.
Sleep is one of the best ways that we can heal our bodies and promote a healthy appearance. So, getting enough of it is very important. Not only will you look better but you will feel better.