Is it really nice to sleep? Doctors and researchers are now certain: beauty sleep really does exist. Because it's not just our skin that regenerates during sleep. We give 5 good reasons why sleep promotes beauty and ensures a radiant appearance.
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Beauty and sleep
Every day we are exposed to numerous external influences that put a lot of strain on our skin and affect our appearance. Important regeneration processes take place at night when we rest and sleep.
Swedish scientists have proven that the notorious "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 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 "the body's own repair systems are particularly active during this time. Growth hormones are released, which are also known as the 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 build connective tissue. The better the quality of sleep, the more HGH can be released and the better skin, hair, nails and tissue can regenerate. This preserves the skin's resilience and elasticity and regulates its moisture content.
#2 Sleep detoxifies the body
During the nightly rest phase, pollutants 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 the acids, toxins and waste products that have been created during the day or have been absorbed by the body during sleep. This creates the best conditions for a healthy complexion.
#3 Sleep strengthens the skin's protective barrier
During sleep, the number of immune cells in the body increases, which are also responsible for the formation of a protective barrier in the skin. This is needed to protect against UV radiation and other harmful environmental influences and is important for keeping 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 not only important to promote positive effects, but also to prevent the negative consequences of a lack of sleep. Studies show that after just one sleepless night, the skin's moisture content decreases and its protective barriers regenerate less well! Persistent lack of sleep disrupts the natural recovery processes because the stress hormone cortisol is produced in excess. It promotes the breakdown of collagen and stimulates the skin's oil and sebum production, which can lead to clogged 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 Well-rested people have a positive aura
How well we sleep ultimately affects our state of mind and well-being. Those who wake up well rested and rested are usually in a better mood, more resistant to stress and more self-confident! And what makes us more beautiful than strong self-confidence and an honest smile on our faces?
Well, convinced? Sufficiently long and restful sleep forms an essential basis for a healthy and attractive appearance and is the most important phase in protecting and maintaining your own beauty.
Tip: About 7 - 8 hours of sleep are recommended. The deep sleep phases, which mainly take place in the first three to four hours after falling asleep, are particularly important.
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 regenerative processes and thus promotes skin aging and wrinkling
Refreshing sleep promotes well-being and self-confidence, puts you in a better mood and has a positive effect on your charisma.
You just look better when you've had a good night's sleep ;)
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