We are all well aware of the benefits of getting a good night’s sleep but many people don’t understand the importance of sleep for keeping our skin in the best condition possible.
Sleep is the time when the cells of the body are repaired and this includes skin cells.
Studies have shown that sleep deprivation reduces a person’s levels of growth hormone and it is these growth hormones that are required for the repair process.
The less growth hormone that we have the less opportunity the body has to repair the damage that has occurred to the skin throughout the normal course of the day.
The rate of new skin cells that are produced by the body doubles during periods of sleep so the more sleep you get the faster your skin cells will be produced and the younger you are likely to look.
Without this cell regeneration or with cell product reduced below certain levels the skin will tend to become more wrinkled and lose its tone.
While all this might lead you to think that you should be spending more hours in bed you need to consider the effects that too many hours in bed might have on your skin too.
Yes there is always something else to think about and this time it is the way that you sleep.
Most people tend to sleep on their side or face down and in doing so their face gets crease marks from the extended time that the face is pushed against the pillow.
When we are younger this is not a problem, however as we age and there is less elastin in our skin the crease marks take longer to disappear and if we continue to sleep in the same position every night these marks can remain permanent.
The alternative it to sleep on your back or to get softer pillows and satin pillow slips to reduce the marks.