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Looking better just by sleeping may sound too good to be true, but there’s science to back up the idea that beauty sleep is more than just a myth.

What Happens to Your Skin When You Don’t Sleep Well

When you don’t get enough sleep, or the quality of your sleep suffers, so does your appearance. People who are sleep deprived look more tired, less healthy, and less attractive than those who sleep well. This is apparent in paler skin, droopier eyelids, and redder eyes.

A study from the University Hospitals Case Medical Center found that chronic poor sleep quality is associated with increased signs of intrinsic aging, diminished skin barrier function, and lower satisfaction with appearance. Women in the study who experienced poor sleep were less able to recover from exposure to ultraviolet light and were overall less happy about their appearance than women who slept well.

How Sleep Helps You Look Beautiful

Getting enough rest helps support a more healthy and beautiful look, particularly when you get enough deep sleep. During deep sleep, your body releases increased growth hormone, which helps repair and rebuild body tissues. It’s during this process that your skin regenerates and refreshes, and stimulates the formation of natural collagen.

During deep sleep, your body ramps up cell production and has a slower breakdown of proteins. During this process, your body works to repair the damage of UV rays, stress, and other things that can age your skin.

Preserving Beauty While Sleeping

Applying beauty products while sleeping gives you the best of both worlds. In recent years, many companies have been putting aloe microbeads into sheets and adding copper flecks to pillowcases. The science of cosmetic bedclothes is still new and unverified but certainly worth checking out – if you can afford it.

  • Aloe Vera Bedclothes. It’s proven that aloe vera is good for the skin. Why not add it to your sheets? Companies have been embedding aloe vera microcapsules into sheets. They don’t release until your weight presses on them. The light layer of aloe vera should give your skin a nice sheen as you slumber.

  • Cooling Pillows and Mattress Toppers. Sleeping is more comfortable at cooler temperatures. Keep your face and body sweat-free by using a cooling pillow and mattress topper.

  • Copper Inflected Pillowcases. Copper claims to reduce crows feet and wrinkles. It is also a natural antibiotic, which may help treat back and face acne. Scientists still haven’t agreed what copper inflected pillowcases can effectively do, but it does sound like a luxurious way to sleep!

*This post was authored byTuck Sleep, a community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources.

One Comment

  • Anon says:

    I have read so much about using satin pillowcases and the benefits it has. Might just invest in some because postpartum hair loss sucks and cotton pillowcases just add to that misery.