The beauty of sleep (Part 1)
Sleep is the basic foundation for everyday life, health and beauty. It restores mind and body functions, removing fatigue accumulated from using our brains during the day, and is essential to prepare ourselves for the day ahead. The benefits of sleep are dependent on the quality of sleep that you get on a daily basis, yet this does not simply mean sleeping for a longer period of time. Read on to find out more about improving sleeping habits for better quality of sleep, and how it is essential for beauty.
Q: Is it true that sleep is related to beautiful skin?
A: Entering a deep sleep immediately after falling asleep triggers the secretion of growth hormones. Growth hormones not only promote the bone development in children, but also synthesise proteins to promote the repair of injured cellular tissue and regeneration of skin. Collagen, which is important for maintaining youthful, firm and moist skin, is one of these proteins. A lack of sleep can also weaken skin barrier functions due to a gradual loss of moisture and collagen from the skin.
Q: Does a lack of sleep cause weight gain?
A: Insufficient sleep is one cause of obesity. When we do not get enough sleep, it triggers an increase in the secretion of the hunger hormone which promotes appetite. At the same time, our metabolism decreases, which tends to lead to obesity. The growth hormone which works to cut down fat will also not function optimally if we have insufficient sleep.
Q: What kind of sleep is good sleep?
A: Signs that you sleep well or are getting good quality sleep include:
1) You can sleep easily (within 10 minutes of lying on your bed)
2) You do not wake up in the middle of your sleep, and if you do, you are able to go back to sleep easily
3) You feel like you have slept soundly and do not feel sleepy in the day
While the length of sleep is of course an important factor, quality of sleep is also important. So how can we ensure that we get good quality sleep? Firstly, turn off fluorescent lighting 1-2 hours before bedtime and switch to soft orange lighting, which will help to encourage the production of the sleep hormone, melatonin. It is also important to relax before going to bed. Taking a warm bath can raise body temperature and allow it to drop smoothly thereafter. It is also recommended to stop taking caffeine and liquor in the evenings and to stop eating just before going to bed.
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