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A great night’s sleep can make you feel amazing! An extra pep in your step, lower stress levels and you guessed it, better skin, all come from quality Zzz.

Chronic lack of sleep can increase your risks for all types of issues, like: an increase in cold and flu outbreaks, obesity, diabetes and heart disease. While these health concerns aren’t visible to the naked eye, there are a whole host of issues lack of sleep or poor quality sleep can cause to your skin, hair and nails.

  1. Hair loss: That’s right! On a normal day, we can lose up to 100 strands of hair. Research shows that when you are overwhelmed or stressed, the adrenaline you release redirects blood away from the scalp. Sleep deprivation is a form of stress and can cause temporary hair loss conditions in both men and women.
  2. Not-so-nice facial features: Hello dark circles! And don’t forget the under-eye bags. Did you know that sleep deprivation can also cause breakouts? While also more stress-related, if you are prone to breakouts and you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re at a higher risk for acne issues.
  3. Premature aging: While you’re snoozing, your body increases blood flow to the skin. Sleep deprivation increases inflammatory cells, which in turn, breaks down collagen and hyaluronic acid, those little molecules that give you tight, glowing skin.
  4. Exacerbation of certain skin diseases: Here’s that increased inflammation effect again, it affects your body’s ability to regulate the immune system. Psoriasis and eczema are not caused by stress but their outbreaks and severity can be directly linked to it. When the immune system is not fighting properly, outbreaks are much more common.

How to get your recommended 7-8 hours of sleep:

  • Unplug!! Put away electronic devices at least an hour before bedtime. This will allow your eyes to adjust and your brain to unwind after our very busy, connected lives.
  • Try to keep to a regular sleep schedule – even on the weekends.
  • Develop a relaxing bedtime ritual. It could be an allotted reading time, meditation practice or even your skincare regimen can be a great way to end the night.
  • Invest in a mattress and pillows that make you feel comfortable and happy to lay down on.
  • Try to avoid heavy meals and alcohol consumption within 2-3 hours of your sleep schedule

If you are having serious sleep issues, always consult with your doctor, there are several sleep disorders that require a medical professional.

If you are looking to discuss stress and sleep-related skin issues, contact your Trillium Creek skin experts. We’ll formulate a multi-faceted treatment plan specifically for you depending on the type, severity and symptoms underlying your condition.

About Trillium Creek Dermatology and Surgery Center: Few places in the country offer the quality care, innovation and state-of-the-art procedures that are available at Trillium Creek. Through our integrative medicine approach, Trillium offers world-class general dermatology, dermatologic surgery, laser surgery, cosmetic dermatology, skin cancer treatment, Mohs surgery and holistic medicine.