How well do you sleep?

For years, studies have showed that a lack of sleep impacts memory and cognitive performance.

Now here’s another good reason to get enough sleep: sleep deprivation also could cause your skin to age faster.

A clinical trial commissioned by Estée Lauder and conducted by physician-scientists at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Centre found that poor sleepers demonstrated increased signs of skin ageing. They also gave a worse assessment of their own skin and facial appearance than people who sleep well.

Inadequate sleep is correlated with reduced skin health and accelerates skin ageing. Sleep deprived women show signs of premature skin ageing and a decrease in their skin’s ability to recover after sun exposure.

The study involved 60 pre-menopausal women between the ages of 30 and 49, with half of them falling into the poor quality sleep category. Researchers evaluated the women’s skin and conducted a variety of skin challenge tests including ones involving UV light exposure. The classification was made on the basis of average duration of sleep and the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, a standard questionnaire-based assessment of sleep quality.

Researchers found that those who didn’t sleep well exhibited more signs of skin aging including fine lines, uneven pigmentation and reduced skin elasticity. The researchers also found that those who enjoyed quality sleep were more quick to recover from stressors to the skin such as sun and environmental toxins.

And, in another piece of bad news for those who don’t sleep well, researchers found that poor quality sleepers were much more likely to be overweight. For example, 23 percent of good quality sleepers were obese compared with 44 percent of poor quality sleepers.

These connections between sleep and skin ageing, now supported with solid scientific data.

The amount of sleep one needs depends on a person’s age. Most experts recommend that adults get between seven and eight hours of sleep per night.

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