Do You Get Your Beauty Sleep?

A century ago, “beauty sleep” originally referred to sleep that started before midnight. Because people who stayed up until late hours often looked haggard. And that’s still true today.

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A century ago, “beauty sleep” originally referred to sleep that started before midnight. Because people who stayed up until late hours often looked haggard. And that’s still true today.

But now, we’re figuring out the science behind why you need sleep in order to look good. Turns out that people who sleep more, look better.  That’s because sleep deprivation is a form of stress. And like other stressful conditions like illness, trauma and emotional hardship, sleep deprivation causes your body to make more steroids. And it’s those steroids that decrease the formation of collagen, the structural layer of our skin. The decreased collagen causes thinning of the skin and wrinkles. It also weakens the barrier function of the skin, allowing toxins to penetrate, and leading to wounds, infections and even skin cancers. As if that’s not enough, sleep deprivation contributes to obesity, affecting your health, as well as your appearance.

So, the appearance of a sleep-deprived person? Besides those dark circles under their eyes, they’re wrinkled and overweight. Pass me that pillow ...

Blog written by Arthur Perry, MD, FACS
Dr. Perry has over 2 decades of experience as a clinical surgeon and has been named to the “Best Doctors in the NY Area” book...