Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

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There are many components will cause the signs of aging to develop. Age spots, fine lines and wrinkles can start to show at an early age. While some components are unavoidable. there are some components, such as your sleeping habits, that can fend off some of those tell-tale signs. Not only how long you sleep but the position you sleep in contributes to the aging of your skin.

You've always heard that getting a good night's sleep will give your body and mind a rest. However, we also hear that as we get older, many of us don't need as much sleep. So just how do you know that your are getting the right about of sleep? Most experts agree that adults required at least eight hours of sleep each night. The fact is though, that most people do well to get six hours of sleep each night.

To get those hours of sleep that experts say we need, we would have to schedule sleep into our calendars. Today, our lives are full of demands between work, children and other responsibilities, we often sacrifice our sleep to keep up with those demands. Before it's too late, take the time to consider how this lack of sleep is going to affect your well-being.

Usually one of the first things you'll notice when you aren't getting enough sleep are bags and dark circles under your eyes. Continued practice of depriving your body the rest and sleep it needs, will start to age your skin with dark spots, sallow skin and wrinkles.

Have you ever noticed that when you have been sleeping on your side or your stomach, you wake up with wrinkles on your face? While we're young, those wrinkles disappear quick. However, the older we get, the longer it takes those wrinkles to disappear and that is because your skin needs to breathe. Experts will tell you that sleeping on your back is the best way to avoid those wrinkles.

To keep your skin glowing and youthful, sleep is the time your body regenerates and rejuvenates. When you are sleeping on your side, half of your face is buried into your pillow and not able to breathe. When your skin can't breathe, it can regenerate new skin cells that will give you that glowing and youthful look.

Sleep is not only a physical requirement for you, but it is also a physiological requirement. Sleep is essential for your skin to regenerate as well as allow you to refresh mentally and physically. Not only does the lack of sleep not allow you to recuperate from stress and tension, it can also increase your body's insulin resistance.

Acne is inflammation of the skin. Sleep affects how your skin responds to acne and blemishes. These can take longer to vanish because lack of sleep slows down your skin regenerating those new cells we mentioned earlier. Experts have shown us that lack of sleep begins the increase of pro-inflammatory cytokines, otherwise known as inflammation indicators.

Other factors of daily life affect your skin's glow and youthfulness too, such as poor eating habits, hapless skin care regiment and stress. A healthy diet, good, daily skin care and proper exercise will slow down your skins aging. Most important of all though, is the lack of sleep we're all in danger of these day. Lack of sleep can be a negative influence to our skin. Make sure you are getting adequate rest and along with other common sense things, you can have that youthful glow for many years to come.