As one night without sleep affects the skin

The effects of sleep deprivation on the skin is one of the most relevant scientific topics. In confirmation of recent work in the field of chronobiology of the skin. This time, however, the Korean authors Min Ah Kim, Eun Joo Kim, Byung Young Kang and Hae Kwang Lee were able to describe the mechanisms of the effect of sleep deprivation on specific biophysical parameters of the skin. Cell biologist Olga Maslova explained how it all happens, writes

Even without deep research it is clear that the lack of sleep, especially chronic, is reflected in our appearance. Textbook circles under the eyes, redness, swelling, unhealthy skin color – all this accompanied by lack of sleep and unbalance of the biological rhythms. Chronically sleepless people are more likely to suffer from allergies and rashes on the skin.

Effect Beauty Sleep

As specifically reflected one sleepless night on the condition of our skin? To this question decided to answer the scientists in the study of Beauty Sleep. It turned out that in surveys about the visual attractiveness of people more points scored by those who considered themselves to sleep. Sleepy participants were rated as less healthy and beautiful. And of course, lack of sleep is linked with many other problems in all organs of the body. It is not surprising that it affects the condition of the person and how the person perceives the society.

The authors of the Korean study wanted to understand what will happen to the skin if you don’t sleep one night. For the experiment they chose 24 female 25-35 years who were under the supervision of the laboratory in the same conditions during sleep deprivation. To find out the differences between the rested and sleep-deprived skin studied parameters were measured twice, after normal sleep and after a night in the laboratory (based on 24 hours without sleep).

Scientists studied transepidermal water loss, the size of the pores on the face, hydration, elasticity, degree of exfoliation, the color and clarity and blood circulation. Measured in the areas of the cheeks, eyes and lips. A number of parameters were subject to significant changes after only one night without sleep.

It turned out that statistically significant changes have affected the degree of moisture of the skin, its barrier function. Decreased elasticity and increased dryness. Pores become more noticeable, worsened complexion. Moreover, the supply of tissue with blood is also clearly deteriorated, with prolonged lack of sleep can lead to more serious consequences.

These data complement previously obtained results. So, in 2015, in a study involving 60 women have shown that the lack or poor quality of sleep accelerates skin aging. Moreover, those who slept well enough, had a higher degree of recovery from damage of the skin associated with the influence of ultraviolet light.

Quality sleep can affect not only our overall health, but also on what we look like. Of course, the main recommendation is adequate for a particular person sleep duration and observance of the so-called sleep hygiene. A separate important direction is the search of ways to combat the consequences of chronic sleep deprivation.