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There are many things that can affect your complexion negatively and positively, and one major component of having beautiful skin in getting enough sleep. I know it’s hard to imagine any college kid (or anyone else these days, for that matter) getting the amount of sleep that they need to, but it’s completely feasible and definitely necessary.
Sleep helps your body out in many ways; it allows your brain to rest, and it also allows your body to rebuild itself. That’s why getting enough rest is so vital to your complexion! When you go to sleep, you’re giving your body the opportunity to fight acne, repair itself, and generally replenish energy, skin cells, and other things you’ve lost or injured throughout the day. Basically, your body fights acne when it’s asleep.
So now that you understand a bit about why sleep is so important, let’s have a look at the reasons your body needs sleep to deal with acne.
Sleep deprivation definitely increases the amount of inflammation in your body. Doctors agree that a lack of sleep increases the presence of pro-inflammatory cytokines in your body and skin, thus making it easier to develop general redness, acne, and other skin problems. A study completed on the subject sheds a little light on this fact: "This study shows that even a modest loss of sleep for a single night increases inflammation, which is a key factor in the onset of cardiovascular disease and autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis." said Dr. Michael Irwin, professor and director of the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.
Lack of sleep can also induce stress, which is a major acne producer. If you’re stressed out, you’re much more likely to break out as well. Getting the amount of rest you need can greatly reduce your stress levels, as can a good diet and regular exercise.
So if you’re having problems sleeping, it’s obvious that you’re more likely to develop acne. I myself see it every day. After a week of staying up too late, I start to break out and my skin is very red and irritated. It makes me self-conscious and unhappy, which only leads to more stress and creates a never-ending cycle of bad skin! I know how important sleep is, yet I still suffer skin ailments because I don’t get enough of it.
I encourage you to try for eight or nine hours every night. For some people, staying on a routine can help that, so try going to bed and waking up at the same time. Aromatherapy, exercise, meditation, and relaxation techniques are all great ways to help you fall asleep and sleep well. And of course, the quality of sleep counts, too! If you’re not sleeping well, you’re really not resting.