6 Things That Happen to Your Skin When You Don't Sleep

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Image via British Vogue

Image via British Vogue

Beauty sleep is real, here’s what happens when you don’t get the sleep you need:

1. Your immune system becomes compromised (flaring up chronic conditions)

Lack of sleep results in a build up of toxins in your body.

According to Rebecca S. Robbins, M.D., Ph.D, and researcher at Cornell University, “during a good night’s rest, your body works to remove dead blood cells and dead brain cells, and clears the pathways for new synapses to take place so that new blood and brain cells and replace old ones.”

Robbins also states in an interview with Cosmopolitan, that “your brain gets rid of 60 percent more toxins when you get the proper amount of sleep. [It] helps you feel more refreshed when you get up, [you] think more clearly, and gives your skin that I-woke-up-like-this #glowing look.”

So when you fail to sleep, the build up of toxins leads to greater inflammation in your body.

This throws off your immune system, and your body loses its ability to fight off inflammation driven conditions like eczema and psoriasis.


2. Your skin becomes dehydrated

Hydration of the skin isn’t completely linked to external factors. In fact, hydration of the skin begins from within.

During REM sleep, your cortisol levels drop—which means the acid stored in your bodily cells lessens. When you skip out on sleep, the pH levels of your body move more deeply into an acidic state (which is the opposite of a healthy body).

The build up of cortisol and acidity in the body lead to skin discoloration, dehydration, redness, and could even trigger breakouts—this is because the proteins in your skin are broken down and not fed with enough oxygen (less oxygen runs through your blood when you have high levels of cortisol.

Reverse the damage by bringing in a healthy green powder into your body first thing in the morning (like Revive Me).  


3. Your skin stars breaking down collagen (Hello, wrinkles)

The increased acidity and inflammation in your body leads to a breakdown in collagen production and hyaluronic acid—both keep your skin plump, fresh, and glowing.


4. Your skin fails to repair itself during the first three hours of sleep

According to the Alaska Sleep Clinic, your skin your pituitary gland releases human growth hormone during the first three hours of sleep.

This release allows your body to recover from all of the damage you did that day. So when you miss out on sleep, the damage persists and the human growth hormone isn’t able to release with full effect.


5. Your skin fails to protect itself from future damage during the middle hours of sleep

The Alaska Sleep Clinic goes on to mention that during the middle two hours of sleep, your skin is protected by the antioxidants within melatonin.

Melatonin allows you to fall asleep, and is also plays a vital part in repairing and rejuvenating your skin while you sleep (so it’s true, beauty sleep is real).


6. Your body’s cortisol levels won’t drop during REM sleep

As mentioned earlier in this article, your body’s cortisol levels drop significantly during REM sleep.

This allows your muscles to fully relax, your body temperature to lower, and your body to fully clean up the toxins that are running around within your cells.

If you fail to reach REM sleep, your cortisol levels won’t drop—leading to hair loss, breakouts, and chronic conditions like rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis.


For more information on how to get a good night’s rest, stay tuned for our next article about how to cultivate a dream worthy levels of beauty sleep.  

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