5 May 2014

Importance Of A Decent Nights Sleep

As a student, I'm guilty of over-indulging in my sleep like my fellow students. Either that, or I'm so panicked about exams etc. that I get little to no sleep! After a few days of this I start to feel groggy and snap at people, and looking into what's happening to my body by doing this, it's not hard to understand why!

Student's are often guilty of sacrificing sleep in order to stay up late doing work, but this can prove to be detrimental rather than helpful:

"If you’re trying to meet a deadline, you’re willing to sacrifice sleep," Dr. Rapoport says, "but it’s severe and reoccurring sleep deprivation that clearly impairs learning."

Not only this, but when you skip on sleep, it becomes noticeable on your face! Your skin will look tired,the skin will lose its luster and bags will start to form under your eyes. Not enough sleep causes the blood vessels to dilate, causing the appearance of dark circles under your eyes!

Students are known for their wild nights out: drinking more than they can handle, nights out until 5am etc. But alcohol is yet another factor working against us: Alcohol affects our quality of sleep, yet again leaving bags under our eyes. Ever seen a girl after a night out? Chances are that whilst she is hungover, she has also had little sleep and all the alcohol she consumed the night before is working against her! No wonder she looks more than rough!

Sleep is important to us in order to let our bodies recover. The skin and the entire body goes into a kind of 'repair mode' when we sleep, which is what makes it so important. It's recommended that we get 7-8 hours sleep a night in order to get our beauty sleep. Some people also think sleeping for longer would be even more beneficial, but this is not the case! Studies have shown that oversleeping can cause as many problems as not getting enough sleep!

What I found most concerning when I researched this topic was the health concerns attached to sleep deprivation. Did you know that just one nights sleep deprivation induces insulin resistance, even in the healthiest of people? If this occurs after just one night sleep deprivation, what will happen to the body when there is chronic sleep deprivation? Prolonged insulin resistance could cause weight gain, and in the long run, potentially Type 2 Diabetes. A scary thought!

So, for a decent nights sleep and to wake up feeling refreshed with healthy skin, here are my top tips:

1. When you go to bed at night, make sure your room is dark and quiet. I know in a student house it's hard for the house to be quiet at a decent time, but trust me, the quieter the better! (Right now as it's exam time in my house, everyone is going to bed relatively early. The quiet is bliss!)

2. If you can, try and get into a sleep habit. Your body will feel the effects in the long run! Getting to bed around the same time each night and waking up the same time each morning will have amazing effects on your skin!

3. Sleeping in a clean room. Again, I know as students this might be a difficult chore for some! But having a good atmosphere in your room is beneficial.

4. It has been recommended to try and sleep on your back if at all possible. Sleeping on your stomach presses your face into the pillow and this creates lines and creases on your face!

5. Use white sheets. Dyes can often irritate sensitive skin.

For myself, I often try and have a bath or shower before bed! It relaxes me and crawling into fresh sheets after a bath/shower and a long day often feels heavenly!

What about you? Do these tips work for you, or do you have anything to add? Let me know! :)


1 comment

Hannah Morgan said...

Found this so interesting! Just followed you on instagram too :)


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