We are all guilty of losing sleep due to binge-watching the latest TV series.
If you can’t break the cycle, and the other negatives involved with lack of sleep don’t faze you, consider these on-the-surface signs that doctors say they see the most.
Let’s start sleeping ourselves beautiful.
“Cortisol levels rise with sleep deprivation, which can worsen inflammatory conditions and result in poor collagen deposition; blood flow to the face is increased during sleep and sleep deprivation can lead to a grey skin appearance, and eyes can appear swollen and red with dark circles.” —Newport Beach, CA plastic surgeon Sanjay Grover, MD
“Sleeping habits can have a profound effect on the appearance of the eyes, particularly the lower eyelids. Patients will often notice that their ‘bags’ are worse in the morning. This is usually due to the lower eyelid fat holding on to water that gets worse when the individual is in sleeping.” —Boca Raton, FL oculoplastic surgeon Steven Fagien, MD
“Not getting enough sleep is associated with increased stress, and under stress, we regress. That means that, in the short- term, your skin issues—acne, eczema, psoriasis, itching—will flare-up. Chronic sleep deprivation can also translate into disruption of collagen pathways, more rapid skin ageing and even reduced wound healing.” —Nanuet, NY dermatologist Heidi Waldorf, MD
“Lack of sleep is typically associated with a lack of horizontal posture. This leads to redistribution of water volume where the feet and lower legs swell and the face can experience volume loss. Even the hair can appear thinner and less volumised from retained sebum and loss of volume effect. Hollywood figured this out a long time ago—makeup artists are experts at reversing it.” —Spokane, WA dermatologist Wm. Philip Werschler, MD
So, getting your beauty sleep is a real thing, and something we should all be thinking about. We can save ourselves a small fortune in wrinkle creams by just getting a little more shut-eye.