According to the National Sleep Foundation, “Along with the physical changes that occur as we get older, changes to our sleep patterns are a part of the normal aging process. As people age they tend to have a harder time falling asleep and more trouble staying asleep than when they were younger. It is a common misconception that sleep needs decline with age. In fact, research demonstrates that our sleep needs remain constant throughout adulthood”.

So that basically means we need a good night sleep throughout our lifetime. Do you yourself get enough sleep each night? What about your friends, your parents, your children and your spouse? Let’ face it, no one I know, and mostly likely, most of the people you know are not getting a good night sleep.

The gallop polls report that Americans currently get an average of 6.8 hours of sleep at night, down more than an hour from 1942. There is a multitude of literature that correlates lack of sleep with illness, negative effects on our immune system, physical and mental well-being. Sleep is needed to reduce cortisol levels. High cortisol levels are associated with our body’s fight or flight response when we are under stress. When cortisol is high we don’t sleep well. Sleep is our time to relax, unwind and truly rest our body and this is not happening for most Americans.

One motivation for getting more sleep is its correlation to looking younger. When you get a long restful sleep, do you wake up and look in the mirror and like what you see? Most of us will agree that getting an adequate mount of sleep changes how we see ourselves and how we actually look.

According to the British Medical Journal, “sleep deprived people appear less healthy, less attractive, and more tired compared with when they are well rested. This suggests that humans are sensitive to sleep related facial cues, with potential implications for social and clinical judgments and behavior”. That means if you get less sleep you see others and yourself as less attractive and this may affect how you see the world.

So does that mean that lack of sleep and how we look is all in our minds? Well not exactly. Research also suggests sleep does more for our beauty than we might think.

According to University Hospitals Case Medical Center, “A recent clinical trial commissioned by Estée Lauder and conducted by physician-scientists at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center found that poor sleepers demonstrated increased signs of skin aging. They also gave a worse assessment of their own skin and facial appearance than people who sleep well”.

This study was “the first to conclusively demonstrate that inadequate sleep is correlated with reduced skin health and accelerates skin aging. Sleep deprived women show signs of premature skin aging and a decrease in their skin’s ability to recover after sun exposure. Researchers found that those who didn’t sleep well exhibited more signs of skin aging including fine lines, uneven pigmentation and reduced skin elasticity. The researchers also found that those who enjoyed quality sleep were more quick to recover from stressors to the skin such as sun and environmental toxins”.

Everyone knows good sleep = beauty. It appears that a good night sleep makes us see ourselves in a more favorable light and that sleep actually reduces and halts the signs of aging. Maybe that is why a majority of movie stars and t.v. personalities when asked about their beauty regiment it includes 8 or more hours of sleep per night. So at the end of the day when you can’t pull away from your iPhone or iPad or you are watching t.v. or working late, think about how much effort and money you spent on your anti-aging skin products and your wish to have vibrant and younger looking skin and don’t forget the most important and free ingredient – sleep. Good night!


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