There are several factors that cause us to develop the signs of skin aging such as fine lines, wrinkles and age spots at an early age. Some of these factors are inevitable. while some can actually be avoided like poor sleeping habits. Did you know that your sleeping habits greatly affect your skin? Your sleeping habits such as your sleeping position and how long you sleep both affect the development of the dreaded signs of skin aging.
For the skin to maintain its youthfulness and radiance, it has to be able to breathe. Those who sleep on their sides or on their bellies tend to develop wrinkles in a much higher rate than those who sleep on their backs. You may have noticed that sleeping in your side or on your belly tend to cause sleep lines on your face. These lines may fade away quickly when you are still young, but as you get older these sleep lines can become permanent because of the reduced elasticity of the skin. This is why it’s ideal to sleep on your back because this way, you are much less likely to develop sleep lines.
Sleep is when our bodies regenerate and rejuvenates itself. Part of this regeneration process is the replacement of dead skin cells of new ones. But here’s the thing, when half of your face is in contact with your pillow the entire time you’re sleeping, it becomes much more harder for your skin to remove dead skin cells and replace them with fresh new cells. Furthermore, if you sleep that way your blemishes could take a long time to disappear because of the slow skin regeneration process.
They say that as we age, we have less of a need for sleep. Well, newborn babies sleep for up to 18 hours a day so it kind of makes sense. But how can we be sure that we’re getting enough sleep? Studies have shown that adults needs about 8 hours of sleep every night. Unfortunately some studies have also shown that only few people average only 6 hours per night. Lack of sleep can cause dark circles and eyebags. Chronic sleep deprivation on the other hand can accelerate the appearance of the signs of skin aging such as sallow skin, wrinkles and dark spots. It really has a negative in our skin so it’s very important to get adequate rest everyday. Along with a healthy diet and proper exercise you definitely slow down the effects of aging on your skin.