5 Ways Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Appearance

5 Ways Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Appearance

If life were fair, every time things got too busy for a good night’s sleep, your body would go into health and immunity-hyperdrive to compensate for the stress you’re experiencing. Unfortunately, life isn’t always fair, and when stress gets in the way of sleep, your general well-being suffers. The side effect of this—as though anybody needs an additional thing to lose sleep over—is a pronounced effect on your appearance. Read on for five ways sleep deprivation can affect the way you look.

1. Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles

When you’re tired, your body retains fluid. Excess fluid is responsible for the puffiness under your eyes, but it also pushes blood vessels closer to the surface of your skin. Since the skin around your eyes is very thin relative to the rest of your body, the effect of this is especially visible here, resulting in the unsightly circles typical of sleeplessness.

2. Dull Skin

You know how after dragging yourself to the bathroom after a bad night of sleep, you’re greeted with a greyish, ghostly version of yourself? Sort of like a before shot in a makeover story? That’s because a lack of rest decreases healthy blood flow to your skin—especially over time. This can lead to a dull, pasty complexion.

3. Accelerated Aging

If you’re so curious about how you’ll look in twenty years that you just can’t wait that long to find out, chronic sleep deprivation may be for you. When you don’t sleep enough, your skin ages faster, thanks to increased inflammation, oxidative stress, and poor collagen formation. Not the recipe for a youthful glow.

4. Hair Loss

Worried about losing your hair? Make sure you’re getting enough rest. There’s now a well-established link between hair loss and lack of sleep—experts point to sleep deprivation as a form of stress which affects your hormonal and immune health. A lack of sleep can even trigger or accelerate the progression of hereditary hair loss.

5. Acne

If you’re still battling stubborn breakouts as an adult, your sleeping pattern may be to blame. As with the above-mentioned cases of aging and hair loss, poor hormonal regulation and inflammation are both side effects of sleep deprivation, both of which can trigger breakouts. No pore-cleansing strip is a substitute for a good night’s rest.

On the bright side, making quality sleep a priority is a good step on the way to glowing skin, lustrous hair, and healthy looking eyes. There’s a reason they called it Sleeping Beauty.

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