We all know that a full night’s sleep is a necessary part of living a healthy lifestyle. But let’s be real—sometimes it’s tempting to let a Netflix binge win out over an early bedtime (curse you, unlimited streaming!) But it’s time for a wake up call: your bad sleeping habits may come with some serious consequences in the beauty department. We’ve gathered seven crazy reasons you might want to reconsider your lack of snoozing—trust us, you’ll thank us later.
Click through to see how skimping on sleep can affect everything from your skin to your dating prospects!
The fountain of youth can be found…in your bed. According to a study conducted at University Hospitals, losing sleep can speed up signs of aging: poor sleepers suffered from more fine lines, uneven pigmentation, and reduced elasticity than those who got an adequate amount of sleep every night.
Real talk: dark spots that come from UV damage will stick around a lot longer if you don’t get enough sleep. This study proves that you also lose your ability to fight sun-induced DNA damage by over 30 percent. Extra sleep will give your skin time to heal and repair itself from sun damage (read: less time spent lobster-red).
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How’s this for a wake up call? According to this study, poor-quality sleepers were significantly more likely to have a higher Body Mass Index (BMI). In the study, 23% of the 60 women involved who got enough sleep were obese, compared 44% of poor-quality sleepers.
Put down the volumizing products and go to bed! This study proves that an inconsistent sleep pattern affects your body’s immune function, as well as physical and mental stamina. Your hair is extremely sensitive when it comes to bodily changes, and hair loss is often caused by an internal disturbance, like poor sleep.
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Okay, this one is kind of a given, but we could all use a reminder. Your eyes are the windows to the soul—they’re also a dead giveaway of your snoozing habits. Those who are sleep-deprived are perceived as having redder eyes, more swollen eyes, darker circles under the eyes, and droopier eyelids. (Luckily, you can fake a good night’s rest by doing this—though we recommend trying to get enough sleep, anyway).
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So we’ve established poor sleep can affect different aspects of your appearance, but here’s another reason to hit snooze: lack of sleep can make you appear generally less attractive to others. This study indicates that sleep-deprived people appear less healthy and less attractive than when they’re well-rested.
So—have we convinced you to get more shut eye? Have you heard of these stats before? Tell us your thoughts below!