Restful Sleep Heals Your Skin

Of course, it is not surprising that sleep is good for your health and makes you feel at your best, but it can also have major benefits for your skin.

Some excellent ways in which sleep can help you to attain a healthier, clearer epidermis include the following:

  • Decreases inflammation – When you get less than 6 hours of sleep, you are prone to having higher levels of inflammatory conditions. Adding an extra hour or more can give you a boost to your immune system that will help with skin conditions including psoriasis, acne, and eczema.
  • Stress reduction– High levels of cortisol have been linked to an increase in skin conditions like acne and dermatitis.
  • Increases collagen – Getting more sleep means you will experience an increased production of collagen and hyaluronic acid. These nutrients are responsible for the elastic quality of your skin.
  • Improves your complexion – While you are asleep, the blood flow to the skin increases, resulting in glowing, healthier skin.
  • Improves hydration – During the sleep cycle, the liquids in your skin are restored and excess contaminants are processed.

How to improve your sleep

  • Turn off your smartphone—Avoid having your electronic devices on while sleeping.
  • Watch your diet—Don’t eat a large meal late in the evening just before bed.
  • Drink plenty of fluids—Hydrate yourself by drinking fluids throughout the day.
  • Get restful sleep—Sleep in a dark, cool room with a fan going if necessary.

Sleeping the right amount can be a challenge when you are so busy, but it can be one of the most efficacious things you can do to improve your skin health and overall fitness. Seeing your dermatologist on a regular basis is also a great idea. Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology has been treating patients for hair, skin, and nail problems for over 30 years, and has the extensive background needed to help address a variety of dermatological issues. Dr. Vaillant has successfully treated acne, eczema, dandruff, hair loss, psoriasis, and nail fungus. If you are looking for an amiable, highly skilled dermatologist, call our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222 and make an appointment.