You probably won’t be surprised when I tell you that beauty sleep is a real thing and when we don’t get enough quality shut-eye it shows in our overall appearance. Dark circles, puffy swollen eyes, fine lines and wrinkles are some of the common side effects of not getting a good night’s rest. You might think that a sleepless night will only have short-term side effects like grogginess or lack of concentration. Studies have shown that longer term sleep deprivation can have detrimental effects not only on our skin but on our overall health and wellbeing.
What is sleep deprivation?
Sleep deprivation is a general term for inadequate quantity or quality of sleep. Some common causes of sleeplessness include stress, poor sleep habits, mental health disorders including anxiety and depression as well as medical disorders including insomnia. In reality, a lot of people aren’t getting the sleep that they need to perform at their best. For a healthy adult, the recommended amount of sleep is somewhere between 7 and 9 hours. In addition to the tell tale signs that show on your face, other sleep deprivation symptoms may include moodiness; a change in appetite; headaches from a lack of sleep; or simply a feeling of being weak or drowsy.
How lack of sleep harms your health and well-being
The effects of sleep deprivation don’t only present themselves in your skin, but they can do some serious damage to your overall health too! Here are some of the ways a lack of sleep can impact your health.
- Sleep deprivation can put you at risk for several diseases. Studies have proven that a lack of sleep makes your blood pressure higher. This can lead to heart disease which is the leading cause of death worldwide! Lack of sleep can put you at risk for diabetes as well.
- When you experience sleep deprivation, your memory and focus are both highly impaired – maybe even more than you think! Because of this, things like driving after a sleepless night can be highly dangerous. Some studies have even shown that drowsy driving is similar to drunk driving!
- Finally, a lack of sleep may cause weight gain. When you don’t get enough sleep, the hunger hormones in your body are elevated. This can lead to overeating and, eventually a few pesky extra kilos!
Sleep and skin
The quality of your sleep directly correlates to your skin health. After a good night’s sleep you awake looking refreshed and the main reason for this is that your skin is repairing itself while you sleep.
- One of the main things that will happen to your skin when you don’t get enough sleep is it will become very dry. This is because when you’re sleeping, your body is nourishing and providing moisture to your skin. When you don’t get enough sleep, the pH levels in your skin drop and your skin dries out.
- A lack of sleep can also cause signs of aging in your skin – yikes! Since you aren’t getting enough moisture, wrinkles can begin to develop. Also, your body will produce less collagen. Collagen is what produces the elasticity in your skin making your face look smooth and young.
- Poor quality sleep can also lead to poor hormone imbalance which leads to breakouts and pesky pimples.
- Another way that sleep deprivation can do damage to your skin is by darkening your under eyes. Dark circles are a common sign of sleep deprivation. But, the dark circles under your eyes can become chronic if the sleep deprivation is severe enough!
- Lastly, a lack of sleep can unbalance the water levels in your skin. This results in your face looking and feeling very puffy which is no good!
Natural sleep aids
Thankfully, if you are experiencing sleep deprivation, there are some things you can do to boost your beauty sleep time.
- Lavender is wonderful natural sleep-aid. For best results, use lavender essential oil in an oil diffuser when winding down for bed. This is a form of aromatherapy that is proven to be highly effective when used properly. Lavender makes you feel calmer and have a deeper, higher-quality sleep.
- Meditation and yoga help relax the muscles in your body, so it has shown to help you sleep as well. This is another way to fall into a deeper sleep so that you don’t wake up throughout the night.
- The last natural sleep aid that I want to talk about is magnesium. Magnesium helps activate certain neurotransmitters in the brain that are responsible for sleep and relaxation. You can either take magnesium supplements or eat magnesium-rich foods to accomplish this.
Home remedies for repairing skin health
If you are a victim of sleep deprivation and your skin is struggling, don’t stress – I’m here to help! Here are some natural home remedies for repairing skin health due to sleeplessness.
- Exfoliation is one of the best ways to renew the skin, and it basically just means you’re removing the layer of dead skin cells that are sitting on top of your skin. You can do this by using a facial scrub or a face mask. A natural mask recipe is simply combining oats and honey for a calming experience that results in a natural glow. You can also create an olive oil and sugar scrub and gently exfoliate the top layer of your skin!
- Next, let’s talk about coconut oil. Coconut oil is everywhere, and people claim it fixes anything! But, it’s actually a great moisturizer for your skin. Since lack of sleep causes dry skin, coconut oil will naturally hydrate your skin and even help prevent acne!
- The last natural home remedy for skin health is aloe vera. The gel components in aloe vera help to refresh and soothe the skin. It’s also a great way to replenish your skin and give it the well-needed moisture it deserves!
Sleep deprivation is a serious topic that shouldn’t be taken lightly. It can have some serious effects on your skin and health. Let us know how you go with some of the natural remedies. Alternatively if you have other recommendations or suggestions we would love to hear from you.