There is a real truth to the term “beauty sleep.” Not only does sufficient amounts of sleep make you feel rested, it makes you look rested too.
I find that football season around my house doesn’t leave much time for sleep and relaxation. So I try to squeeze in a nap whenever I can to give myself a break.
However, sleep does more than give your body a break. While you sleep, you are doing more than just dreaming. Parts of it are actually doing things they stop (or slow down) doing while you are awake.
*Weight Loss – Your actually lose weight better when you are sleeping because you aren’t eating and negating those calories you are burning. Michael Breus, PhD, a clinical psychologist, sleep specialist and author of The Sleep ‘Doctor’s Diet Plan: Lose Weight Through Better Sleep’ explains that your body is still burning calories by doing things like regulating temperature and breathing. To ensure you are getting the maximum benefit from your current diet, Breus strongly suggests at least 7 hours of sleep every night.
*Collagen Production Increases – Yes, people pay big money for collagen. It strengthens blood vessels and gives skin its elasticity which attributes for younger, fuller skin. Collagen production spikes while you sleep because your body is in “fasting mode” and a growth hormone is released to tell your fat cells to release energy stores and simultaneously stimulates collagen growth. If you are using any facial creams packed with retinols and retinoids, use before to further boost collagen turnover.
*Increase Your Height – Don’t expect to shoot up a foot, but you can add an inch or so. Breus further explains how the body works during sleep and you can actually grow taller. “The discs in your spine that act as cushions between the bones rehydrate and get bigger because the weight of your body isn’t pressing down on them, like it is when you’re standing. If you have a firm mattress, sleeping on your side in the fetal position may be best for getting taller because it decreases the load on your back.”
*Regenerate Your Skin – Just like collagen production, your skin, and your whole body, goes into repair mode when you sleep. Skin renews itself. New skin cells grow and replace older cells. “It’s repairing, restoring and rebalancing,” explains a New York City dermatologist Doris Day, MD.
A study was also done on how other people view the well rested world. The findings supported the notion that, “sleep-deprived people appear less healthy, less attractive and more tired compared with when they are well rested. This suggests that humans are sensitive to sleep-related facial cues.”