Can you really sleep well? Doctors and researchers are now certain: beauty sleep really does exist. Because not only our skin regenerates during sleep. We give 5 good reasons why sleep promotes beauty and gives you a radiant appearance.
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The beauty and the sleep
Every day we are exposed to numerous external influences that place great demands on our skin and affect our appearance. At night, when we come to rest and sleep, important regeneration processes take place.
Swedish scientists have proven that the infamous "beauty sleep" is not a myth. They photographed test subjects after eight hours and after only five hours of sleep. The longer sleep duration made the test subjects look more attractive in front of the testers.
5 good reasons why sleep promotes beauty
#1 Growth hormones are released during sleep
Especially the deep sleep phases shortly after falling asleep are of great importance, because "during this time the body's own repair systems are particularly active. Growth hormones are released, which are also known as fountain of youth hormones", says smartsleep founder and sleep expert Dr. Markus Dworak. The so-called human growth hormones (HGH) are involved in almost all functions in our body, control cell renewal, enzyme production and help to build up connective tissue. The better the quality of sleep, the more HGH can be released and the better skin, hair, nails and tissue can regenerate. In this way, the elasticity and resilience of the skin is maintained and the moisture content is regulated.
#2 Sleep detoxifies the body
During the nightly rest phase, harmful substances in the body are broken down and the pH value is brought back to an alkaline level. Our bodies cleanse and detoxify by neutralizing and breaking down acids, toxins and waste products that have been produced during the day or absorbed by the body during sleep. This creates the best conditions for a healthy skin.
#3 Sleep strengthens the protective barrier of the skin
During sleep the number of immune cells in the body increases, which are also responsible for the formation of a defence barrier of the skin. This is needed to protect against UV radiation and other harmful environmental influences and is important to keep the external appearance healthy. During sleep, the skin cells also stimulate the production of protective antioxidants, which protect our cells from oxidative stress, i.e. destruction by aggressive substances.
#4 Lack of sleep promotes skin aging
Good sleep is important not only to promote positive effects, but also to prevent the negative consequences of sleep deprivation. Studies show that after just one sleepless night the moisture content of the skin decreases and its protective barriers regenerate less well! Persistent sleep deprivation disrupts the natural recovery processes because the stress hormone cortisol is produced in greater quantities. It promotes the breakdown of collagen and stimulates the production of fat and sebum in the skin, which can lead to clogging of skin pores and pimples. As a result, the skin dries out and becomes pale, sallow and thin. Cortisol also accelerates skin aging and promotes the formation of wrinkles.
#5 Sleepy people have a positive radiance
How well we sleep ultimately affects our mood and well-being. Those who wake up well rested and refreshed are usually in a better mood, more resistant to stress and more self-confident! And what makes us more beautiful than a strong self-confidence and an honest smile on our lips?
Convinced? A sufficiently long and restful sleep is an essential basis for a healthy and attractive appearance and is the most important phase in protecting and maintaining one's own beauty.
Tip: We recommend about 7 - 8 hours of sleep. Particularly important are the deep sleep phases, which mainly take place in the first three to four hours after falling asleep.
During sleep the important beauty features such as skin, hair, nails and connective tissue are regenerated, repaired and renewed
During the night the organism breaks down harmful substances and builds up the protective barriers of the skin.
Lack of sleep leads to the release of stress hormones, inhibits the regenerative processes and thus promotes skin aging and wrinkle formation
A restful sleep promotes well-being and self-confidence, improves mood and has a positive effect on your charisma.
Slept in, you simply look better ;)
Best regards and see you soon!