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Is your sleep deprivation causing you wrinkles?

We all want great skin, did you know failing to have a good night’s sleep can have massive consequences on your skin? A new study has shown that the effects of sleep deprivation on your face can be truly alarming. For years, studies have shown that a lack of sleep impacts memory and cognitive performance, and can cause serious medical complications. However, sleep deprivation will also cause your skin to age faster.

A clinical study conducted Dr. Elma Baron at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center found that poor sleepers demonstrated increased signs of skin aging. They also gave a worse assessment of their own skin and facial appearance than people who sleep well.

“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,” Baron said in a press release. “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.”

Her study subjects included 60 pre-menopausal women between the ages of 30 and 49, with half of them falling into the poor quality sleep category. The study concluded that those who didn’t sleep well exhibited more signs of skin aging including fine lines, uneven pigmentation and reduced skin elasticity.

Another study conducted by Dr. Daniel Yarosh (a senior vice president at The Estée Lauder Companies), also associates poor sleep quality with accelerated signs of skin aging. “These connections between sleep and skin aging, now supported with solid scientific data, will have a profound effect on how we study skin and its functions. We see these findings as yet another way we can direct our scientific research toward the real needs of our customers who want to look and feel their best.” Participants in his study displayed increased spots and more defined wrinkles and fine lines.

During sleep, your body’s nervous system switches to a parasympathetic state, which allows greater circulation and oxygen flow to the skin. During this time, your body’s hydration rebalances and there is a rise in growth hormone as it repairs itself. That allows the skin to recover moisture and for damaged cells to be renewed.

Sleeping is crucial to your health is a time for the body organs to heal and renew- plus it eliminates toxins from the skin!

If you are having a hard time fall or staying asleep you should talk to us about your symptoms. Not only can this have a negative impact on your skin but your health and quality of life. Our office offers a convenient home sleep test and our board certified sleep physician can help diagnose your sleep disorder. Please call Raphaelson Dental Sleep Center for a free consultation today.

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