If you’re suffering from acne, chances are you’ve been given a whole load of advice about the type of skincare to buy or what to eat — or not eat. However, this trick is as easy as falling asleep. But it isn’t just about getting more sleep, it’s about sleeping correctly.
How does sleep affect my skin?
To see how sleep plays a role in strengthening skin, we should look at what happens when you don’t get enough of it. Sleep deprivation often results in impaired function the next day causing us to stress over work or school. You should be getting at least seven hours of sleep every night. Every hour you lose increases psychological stress by 14 percent. It’s well known that the plasmatic cortisol is increased during stress, which is leading to the exacerbation of acne.
So how can I sleep better?
Studies done on people who regularly get seven to eight hours of sleep per night have shown that participants have better immune systems and suffer less inflammation. When you sleep, your body produces compounds called cytokines, which help your immune system fight inflammation and infection.