Nap Your Way to Better Skin

It may sound a bit crazy—napping your way to better skin—but new research from University Hospitals Case Medical Center and published in Science Daily found that it’s true.  This gives new meaning to beauty rest.

Scientists found that sleep reversed the appearance of fine lines, reduced signs of skin aging, improved the rate of recovery from environmental stressors, and improved recovery from UV radiation exposure–four good reasons to start napping if you aren’t already.

The study was commissioned by Estee Lauder and presented at the International Investigative Dermatology Meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland in an abstract called “Effects of Sleep Quality on Skin Aging and Function.”  It involved 60 pre-menopausal women between the ages of 30 and 49, half of which had poor quality sleep and the other half slept soundly. The study involved a visual skin evaluation, participation in multiple skin challenge tests including UV light exposure.

The scientists found statistically significant differences between the women who slept well and those who did not.  They found increased signs of skin aging such as fine lines, uneven pigmentation, and reduced skin elasticity in women who slept poorly. They also found that good quality sleep improved recovery time from skin stressors like UV radiation.

Elma Baron, MD, the study leader and Director of the Skin Study Center at UH Case Medical Center, explained: “Our study is the first to conclusively demonstrate that inadequate sleep is correlated with reduced skin health and accelerates skin aging. Sleep deprived women show signs of premature skin aging and a decrease in their skin’s ability to recover after sun exposure. Insufficient sleep has become a worldwide epidemic. While chronic sleep deprivation has been linked to medical problems such as obesity, diabetes, cancer and immune deficiency, its effects on skin function have previously been unknown.”

More research will provide greater insights into the effects of sleep on skin health but this study is good enough for me.  I’m going to add sleep to the list of things to do for healthier skin.  Stay posted as I will share more insights into simple things you can do to improve your sleep quality over the coming weeks. For more ways to boost your skin’s health, check out the “Skin Rejuvenation Weekend” in my new book Weekend Wonder Detox.

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83 comments

Fi T.
Past Member 3 years ago

Our skin always tells us about our health

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Barb Hansen
Ba H3 years ago

need more sleep then

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Karen Everton
Karen E3 years ago

thank you

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Teresa W.
Teresa W3 years ago

I wish I didn't sleep so much as I do!

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ERIKA SOMLAI
ERIKA SOMLAI3 years ago

noted,thank you

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Erin H.
Erin H3 years ago

Interesting article, thank you!

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Julia Oleynik
Julia Oleynik3 years ago

Good stimulus. Thanks for sharing :)

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Danuta Watola
Danuta W3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Nimue P.

Sleep is good for everything. Thanks :)

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Jane R.
Jane R3 years ago

I wish I slept better whether it helps my skin or not. I can't take naps, my mind won't shut off. I think about the things I need to be doing and get up after lying down for one minute or less.

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