Updated: Jan 5, 2019
In our 24-7 world, it’s easy to want to stay up just a little bit later. But when you power down and get to bed at a decent hour, it pays off when you look in the mirror. People who snooze for at least 8 hours actually feel more attractive. Research shows that being well-rested makes others view you as better-looking, too.
“If you’re interested in having your skin look younger and more healthy, then getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night is one of the best things you can do,” says Michael Breus, PhD, author of Beauty Sleep: Look Younger, Lose Weight, and Feel Great Through Better Sleep. While you sleep, your body also makes new collagen, the protein that keeps skin strong and elastic.
You’ll reap beauty benefits from solid nights of shut-eye.
-You Can Look Younger
Sleep can’t magically erase deep wrinkles, but it can slow down your skin’s aging process.
“The deepest stages of sleep are when your body produces the most growth hormone, which aids in cell and tissue repair,” Breus says.
- Fewer Fine Lines and Dark Circles
“Your body rehydrates while you sleep,” Breus says. That makes fine lines and wrinkles less visible and gives your skin a healthy glow. Even if under-eye bags may run in your family, “getting enough sleep can make them less noticeable.