How Sleep Affects Your Skin

The term “beauty sleep” is jokingly tossed around a good deal in day to day life but have you ever stopped to consider there might be a reason for that nomenclature? Is there actual science behind that colloquialism? The honest truth is that the amount and quality of your sleep actually has an effect on the health and appearance of your skin.

There are a couple of key problems that lack of sleep can cause to your complexion. First of all, when you sleep your body releases a human growth hormone. When you were young this hormone aided in your natural growth. When you’re done growing it then helps in strengthening and repairing your skin, muscles, and bones. So when you fail to get enough sleep your body releases too little human growth hormone which leaves your skin in disrepair. This results in the definition of fine lines and wrinkles, dull skin, and dark circles under the eyes.

Sleep deprivation can also negatively effect your skin’s ability to retain moisture which leads to dry, unhealthy looking skin. Your skin has a protein, keratin, thats job is to keep moisture locked in the skin. Lack of sleep directly inhibits the amount of keratin in the skin. Dry skin accentuates existing lines in your skin and the lack of moisture can eventually lead to new wrinkles and crow’s feet. Moisture in your skin keeps it plump and firm so when lack of sleep dries your skin it can sag which leads to these common problems.

As we have discussed in previous posts, lack of sleep has a serious effect on your immune system. This vulnerability of the immune system not only means you are more likely to get sick, it could also effect your bodies ability to produce collagen. Collagen is what gives your skin a rigid structure and keeps it form sagging and developing wrinkles. Again, this lack of collagen over time will compound the other skin problems listed associated with lack of sleep.

The importance of beauty sleep is quite clear based on the numerous negative effects lack of sleep can have on your health. But what is the best way to get the appropriate amount of sleep? The answer is as simple as finding a mattress that is right for your. Right now Mattresses for Less has hundreds of premium mattresses for sale, all from the brands you know and trust! Do your skin a favor and replace your old lumpy mattress today!

Five Ways to Prevent Snoring

Regardless of how heavily you sleep, if your significant other has a snoring problem it is often very difficult to get a good nights sleep. According to the Vancouver Sleep and Breathing Center 59% of people claim that their partner snores. If you aren’t one of those people but often notice your partner is grumpy in the morning, there is a good possibility that you are in fact the one that snores. Snoring itself is not a serious problem but it can be associated with sleep apnea as well as simply putting a strain on your relationship. Here are just a few ways to prevent this common menace to ensure that you and your significant other sleep well every night.

1. Take care of your health

  • It may seem like a general tip but keeping healthy can help prevent snoring in most people. Obesity is a very common cause of snoring due to the amount of excess fat compressing the airway causing it to vibrate when breathing. Smoking is another unhealthy activity that can cause snoring, as well as a plethora of other more serious health problems. Working on your overall health by exercising and cutting out smoking from your routine will help alleviate your snoring problem.

2. Sleep on your side

  •  This is a more simple solution that works for some people with less severe snoring problems. Laying on your side actively opens up your airway letting you sleep snore-free. It is important to note that latex or memory foam mattresses are preferable to side sleepers since they provide the most comfort.

3. Try breathing exercises

  •  A great way to prevent snoring is by strengthening your breathing muscles. Just like musicians and opera singers, you should try simple breathing exercises to work out your larynx, making it more difficult for your throat to close up while you sleep.

4. Dental appliances

  •  There are certain retainer-esque devices you can buy that helps pull your tongue forward that will open up your airway to prevent snoring. These devices can actually help mild cases of sleep apnea as well. There is a possibility of discomfort but these devices can be fitted to your mouth by a dentist or bought over-the-counter.

5. Open your sinuses

  •  Stuffed up sinuses can be a major contributor to you or your partner’s snoring problem. If you think this may be a reason you are in luck as it is a fairly simple problem to fix. There are tons of over-the-counter medicines that will flush out your sinuses and help you breath easier when you lay down for the night.

Try these tactics to eliminate you or your partner’s snoring habits so you both can get a healthy amount of sleep each night. If these don’t work it might be a good idea to seek a medical option but before you go to that extreme you may just want to try a more comfortable mattress. Come to Mattresses for Less and look through their extensive inventory of extremely comfortable mattresses so you can catch some Z’s regardless of how loud your partner is.