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In today’s fast-paced society we often feel that we have to rely on beauty treatments to look

and feel our best. For most, skin peels and Botox are all the rage, and getting a full eight

hours of sleep is a rare commodity.

It’s no wonder, then, that we’ve forgotten just how much a good night’s sleep can do for our

appearance – perhaps even surpassing the effects of some of our most loved beauty


So, why is sleep so important?

First, let’s cover the basics. Sleep is crucial for supporting our biological processes as it

repairs cells, supports brain function, and helps to eliminate any toxic waste. Not getting

enough sleep can have serious consequences for both our minds and bodies, and will leave

us more susceptible to life-threatening illnesses including heart disease and obesity.


While you’re busy sleeping, your body is getting to work producing collagen, a protein best

known for adding plumpness to our skin – you may have heard of it, as it is often added to

make up products and skin creams. It is the substance that starts to gradually decline as we

age, and the one we have to thank for wrinkle-free faces while we are young. It goes without

saying, then, that if your body doesn’t get enough time to produce collagen at night, it can

inevitably lead to premature fine lines and wrinkles.

One of the more immediately seen (but potentially long-term) effects of not getting enough

good-quality sleep are dark circles under the eyes. The better you sleep, the brighter your

under-eyes will be, and the fresher-faced you will seem – leaving no need for concealer or

night creams.


The less sleep you get at night the hungrier you are likely to feel, as your body is in need of

extra fuel to sustain it. Even just a couple hours less than usual, or a sleep cycle that is

disrupted, can leave you feeling ravenous for the rest of the day.

Similarly, studies have shown that poor sleep quality can wreak havoc on our metabolic rate

– meaning that, essentially, the better your quality of sleep, the more efficiently your body is

able to burn calories.


For strong, luscious hair, a good night’s rest is important. Melatonin is a hormone that helps

our hair to grow, and as with collagen, our body uses the time that we are asleep at night to

produce it. In extreme circumstances, sleep deprivation can cause severe hair loss – whether the stress

of insomnia plays a part here is arguable – but either way, it is all the more reason to make

sure you’re getting those eight hours in each night.

What makes a good night’s sleep?

For optimal wellness benefits, you should aim for at least seven hours of deep, uninterrupted

sleep each night – that way, your body has enough time to get to work repairing your skin

and hair, as well as all the other processes that keep you alive.

While it can be a nice treat to indulge in a facial, there’s something to say for just having a

good night’s rest. Sleep makes you look good because your body is feeling good on the

inside – meaning that beauty sleep is one of the best gifts that you can give to yourself.

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