Does sleep help eliminate wrinkles

In the question of sleeping helping eliminate wrinkles, the answer seems to be yes and that is where the well known phrase “getting my beauty sleep” comes from. Women notice when not getting adequate sleep, some wrinkles develop around the eyes and other areas of the face. That could be why older adults have more wrinkles since they seem to sleep less than any other age group.

Is there any science behind this myth of beauty sleep? Most experts believe yes. Scientific studies have yet to look at how sleep affects appearance directly but we do know that our bodies repair cells and tissues while we sleep. Research supports the notion that perhaps poor sleep habits leads to poor health—and poor health can make us look rather bad.

Sleep is a means to over all well-being and just as important as eating a proper diet and exercising. Yet most American adult sleeps less than seven hours a night, compared to nine hours in 1910. Sleeping only five hours a night may change our looks because of the link between obesity and insufficient sleep. Lack of sleep lowers and raises two hormones that regulate appetite, according to a study from Stanford University. Less time sleeping also increases the risk of developing type-2 diabetes, a health problem linked to weight gain. Studies have shown that everyone needs to sleep properly in order to metabolize the calories ingested during the day.

There are even sleep spas that are beginning to be marketed. Sleep spas provide a serene setting, giving people a break from their usual routines and helping them identify the unaware patterns that are at the root of troubled sleep.

Of course, a sleep spa experience is more like a retreat at an expensive hotel than a typical doctor’s visit. And so does the fees which only the rich and famous can afford. At one spa you can order a sleep enhancement/insomnia relief package; a snoring/sleep apnea evaluation; or an all-night polysomnography (a formal overnight study) to assess problems such as multiple awakenings, snoring, sleep apnea, and daytime sleepiness. The cost is anywhere from $140 to $2,275, and a staff of sleep professionals will work to understand your sleeping problem.

It seems that adults need to relearn healthy sleep habit such as sleeping on a schedule, avoiding big meals before bedtime, turning off all lights, computers, and blinking Blackberries. The sleep hormone melatonin is sensitive to even low levels of light. More suggestions are also getting regular exercise and winding down with a warm bath, quiet music, a book or a few yoga stretches, just before you climb into bed, or getting a short nap in the afternoon. In fact, in Mexico, in the afternoon, everything shuts down for several hours so everyone can get a “siesta”, or nap.

So, yes, enough sleep can help with wrinkles as well as other symptoms of aging. Catching enough z’s may not be easy, but it’s one of the best—and cheapest (when you do it at home) —ways to enhance your health and, consequently, your appearance.