Where beauty is concerned, there is nothing quite like a good night’s sleep. A decent night’s sleep can mean the difference between a glowing complexion and a dull complexion. Getting the optimal 7-8 hours’ sleep each night can leave you looking bright and beautiful.
Research in the social psychology of attraction has provided evidence that sleep is actually an influential component in determining how untrained participants rated photos of volunteers. Volunteers were rated as healthier and more attractive when they were well rested than when they were sleep deprived. The differences between the well-rested and the sleep deprived photos (which were the same people) were subtle, yet observable.
In evolutionary terms, an attractive face is indicative of good health. This makes sense in terms of sleep; people who sleep well are perceived as healthier than those who do not sleep well. Signs of good health are important when choosing a mate because we want someone who will help us to successfully reproduce and pass on our genes.
The most important beauty function of sleep is that cellular repair is most effective when your body is resting because more protein is produced to boost the repair process. Your skin cells need to be repaired constantly in order to counteract the damage of free radicals in the environment.
People who get at least 7 or 8 hours of sleep every night also feel less stressed and better able to deal with environmental demands than those who have had insufficient sleep. The study of psycho-dermatology has established a firm link between stress and the appearance of our skin. A low level of stress is associated with clear, beautiful skin. It stands to reason that getting enough sleep is related to your beauty by the mediation process of stress reduction, as well as cellular repair.
Beauty sleep is sometimes confused as taking naps during the day. Whilst this can certainly be a good thing if you need to recharge, it is not strictly the same as beauty sleep. Beauty sleep involves getting your body into a regular and sufficient sleeping pattern, usually at night.
Another misunderstanding is the idea that the quality of beauty sleep is associated with how many hours you sleep. Therefore, some people believe that sleeping for 10 or 11 hours will make them more beautiful. This is untrue; beauty sleep simply means establishing a constant and reliable sleeping pattern, in which you sleep for around 7 or 8 hours. If you sleep for fewer hours, your body will not have enough time to recharge. If you sleep for longer than recommended, you may wake up feeling more lethargic.
Sleep is associated with the radiance of your skin. This is because our blood flows around our body less efficiently when we are tired, which causes skin to appear dull. Sleep is also related to skin elasticity because your body promotes collagen production during sleep.
If you have acne or other skin conditions, getting enough sleep can do you the world of good. Sleeping well boosts your immune system, so your body will be able to heal blemishes far more quickly. Further, a decent night’s sleep decreases the likelihood of inflammation, which is a major cause of acne.
We all know that when we are tired, we are vulnerable to dark circles, under-eye bags, and puffy, bloodshot eyes. Tiredness affects our eyes so much because our eyes have been open for too long, which can make them dry ad irritated. It’s not called “shut-eye” for nothing. Getting enough sleep can completely erase these unfortunate eye conditions.
To sum up, beauty sleep is defined as regular and sufficient sleeping. You cannot “bank” sleep, so sleeping 10 or more hours will not benefit you (unless you are unwell). Getting fewer than 7 hours sleep will disrupt the repair and replenish processes that occur when your body is resting. These processes are vital for your entire body, especially your skin. By making sure that you are sufficiently rested on a regular basis will brighten your complexion, put a sparkle in your eyes, keep your skin plump and firm, and help to clear up skin conditions such as acne.