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How a Lack of Sleep Can Be Harming Your Skin

woman asleep in bedThere are already a million reasons to get your sleep at night. The lack of sleep has already been linked to problems like anxiety, obesity, depression and even cancer. Plus, nobody likes going through their day tired in the first place. If I have to go through another day of unhealthy amounts of caffeine and hours of fighting to keep my eyelids open, I may just pull a pillow out of my drawer and plop down beneath my desk.
Well now a good night’s sleep is even more important. Estee Lauder recently sponsored a new study by the UH Case Medical Center in Cleveland on the effects of a lack of sleep on skin care and health.
Finally, proof to what we have all been debating for so long. “This research shows for the first time, that poor sleep quality can accelerate signs of skin aging and weaken the skin’s ability to repair itself at night,” said the vice president of Estee Lauder, Dr. Daniel Yarosh.
60 women between the ages of 30 and 49 were observed as part of the study. The women were divided into two groups; those who weren’t getting a healthy amount of sleep and those who were. Each woman’s skin was carefully evaluated and put through several different skin tests including exposure to UV light. Women who weren’t getting enough sleep at night were showing more signs of aging as well as uneven pigmentation and weakened skin elasticity.
Perfect, another thing to worry about if you are not getting enough sleep. In today’s hectic and busy world, it is often hard to find some time to rest, but you cannot forget to make time to just kick back and get some rest. Even spoil yourself with a day at the spa once in a while. Stress and sleep deprivation can take a toll on your body and could be causing you to age a lot quicker. Most experts recommend that adults sleep for seven-to-eight hours every night. You will go through your day with much more confidence and beautiful looking skin.

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