Whether we choose to act on it or not, we all know sleep is integral to good health. But did you know its benefits extend beyond the “usuals” (longevity, heart health, reduced Alzheimer’s risk, etc.)?
Sleep can – and does – directly affect your appearance. If you skimp on sleep, you’re more likely to see wrinkles and gain weight than those who sleep soundly at night.
Puffy eyes and sallow skin can appear after just a few nights of missed sleep, according to WebMD. When lacking sleep, your body releases the stress hormone cortisol. This protein breaks down skin collagen, making the skin less smooth and elastic.
The less you sleep, the more you eat, says WebMD. Lack of sleep is directly linked to increased hunger, appetite and, in the long run, obesity. And unfortunately that hunger isn’t for health food. Sleep deprivation causes cravings for high-fat, high-carbohydrate foods.
To keep your appearance and overall health in line, make sure to get an adequate night’s rest. According to the National Sleep Foundation, that should be seven to nine hours for adults older than 18. To enhance your sleep, try the REM-Fit Rest Adjustable Pillow. It can be tailored to comfortably fit your favorite sleep position.