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New Study Links Lack of Sleep to Poor Skin Quality

Increased Signs of Aging and Your Skin

According to a new study performed by the University Hospitals Case Medical Center, chronic sleep deprivation is not only linked to health problems such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity and immune deficiency, but sleep deprivation is also now known to visibly increases signs of aging in the skin.

The researchers at UHCMC found that out of the 60 women — between the ages of 30 and 49 — whom participated in this study, half of these participants fell into the “poor quality sleep” category.

The poor quality sleepers showed an increase in the signs of aging, such as uneven pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles and the reduction of skin elasticity. Not only does poor sleep increase the signs of aging in the skin, but participants reported slower recovery time from environmental stressors such as sunburn.

How to Make Sure that You’re Getting Your Beauty Sleep

To tackle sleep problems, you’ll first want to understand the cause of your sleep issues. There are about 70 known chronic sleep disorders, so you very well may want to visit your doctor if you feel like you’ve tried everything to get some much needed zzz’s to no avail. If you haven’t tried everything, then check out these tips below to grabbing a good night’s sleep.

Improve the quality of your sleep with these tips:

  • Try to reduce the amount of stress levels in your life or eliminate them all together. Stress will greatly hinder your chances of a good night’s rest.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeinated beverages in the afternoon or in the evening. These drinks will not only make it difficult for you to fall asleep, but they’ll make it difficult for you to stay asleep once you do finally drift off.
  • Try to avoid the disruption of your normal sleep rhythm. Your sleep rhythm may become disrupted if you work nights or travel a lot.
  • Improve the quality of your sleep by ensuring that your sleep environment is comfortable. Your sleep environment would include your bed, the temperature of the room, the lighting of the room, etc.
  • Eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle.
  • Wear earplugs or use a sleep mask to help keep things dark and quiet.

Anti-aging Remedies for Aging Skin Due to Sleep Deprivation

If your sleep problems have caused your skin to age early, then please know that it’s not the end of the world and that you have a few options to improve the appearance of your skin. With help from a professional plastic surgeon, you can greatly reduce and diminish the early signs of skin aging easily. Anti-aging plastic surgery options include procedures such as microdermabrasion and laser skin resurfacing. These techniques are frequently used in the treatment of fine lines, wrinkles, skin pigmentation issues, blemishes and more.

These techniques also work with the skin to improve overall skin clarity, to reduce skin issues that result from sun exposure, including evening out skin tone. Another plastic surgery option for individual’s who suffer from chronic sleep disorders and have had issues with weight gain due to their sleep problems is the option of liposuction performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. Call Dr. Schwartz of Palm Beach Plastic Surgery Center today at 561-232-3120 for a consultation today.


26, September, 2013Dr. Richard Schwartz

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