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5 ways sleep can impact your skin

Sleep can impact a lot of aspects of your body, including your skin.

Sleep (or a lack of it) can greatly impact your skin. For starters, sleeping helps the body repair itself from damage and recover from inflammation.

Here’s how sleep can impact your skin.

Sleep gives your skin time to recover from damage and inflammation

When we sleep, our whole body rests, including our skin. If we don’t get enough rest, our skin can’t properly repair itself from damage and inflammation.

When you don’t sleep enough your skin can lose water and become drier

The outermost layer of skin acts as a safeguard against excessive water loss but when you don’t sleep enough, it may not be able to do so.

When you don’t get enough rest, your skin may begin to lose some of its thickness

The human body secretes growth hormone during the first few hours of sleep, so if you don’t get adequate rest you may not be producing enough of it.

A reduction in growth-hormone production can decrease the skin’s thickness, she said. As a result, collagen and elastic tissue may also break down, causing loose skin and wrinkles to develop.

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