Are Australians Sleeping Enough? The Relationship Between Sleep and Skin

australia-62823_640Recent studies (e.g. one conducted in 2013 at the Case Western Reserve University) have suggested that women in countries like the US and Australia are simply not sleeping enough. Though these studies often focus on women, all of us are subject to the hectic schedules of modern life. Are you one of those people? Do you skimp on sleep so that you can get more screen time – whether for the purposes of work or pleasure? Perhaps you did not know it, but lack of sleep can really take its toll on your skin.

The Relationship Between Sleep and Beauty

We have all heard the term ‘beauty sleep’, but the notion of a Sleeping Beauty is more than just a myth. Scientific studies show that lack of sleep contributes to increased skin dryness and redness, as well as emphasizing fine lines and wrinkles. Blemishes also appear on the skin of people who sleep badly, including those pesky dark circles under the eyes.

So, as you can see, sleep really does enhance your skin’s beauty. When you sleep well, your skin is better able to repair itself and is softer, more radiant, smoother and clearer.

So what can you do to ensure that you keep your skin in good condition?

There are plenty of things that Australian women can do to keep their skin looking perfect at any age. As well as using a good sunscreen during the day it is a good idea to apply a thick and creamy moisturizer at night. Products work better at night when you are asleep, as when you are sleeping, your skin is better at absorbing them.

And, of course, the vital component in your skin regime:

Get enough sleep!

Find out what works for you when it comes to sleeping. A dark room, a laptop and smartphone firmly switched off an hour before bed, the soft sounds of the radio or a good book, a massage, or some oral stimulation. All of the above can help you to get a good night’s sleep if practiced before bed.

Avoid caffeine and excess alcohol before bed too. Though you may think that alcohol makes you sleepy, actually it is a stimulant and can wake you up in the middle of the night as well as dehydrating you and drying your skin out further.

Should I take a supplement?

Many Australians do take sleeping pills, and though the most powerful everyday tranquilizers (known as benxodiazepines) are only available in Australia via a prescription, the numbers of people requesting these prescriptions are high. If taken in the long term, such sleeping pills can have adverse effects – as well as being addictive, they can make you feel groggy and uncoordinated during the day.

One other option that you can try is taking the supplement melatonin. Melatonin is produced naturally by our bodies and it is what helps make us feel sleepy at night. We produce less of it as we get older which is why older people often experience sleeping problems. If you are having trouble sleeping, a bottle of melatonin capsules Could be worth a try!

Sweet dreams!