According to Zoe Dent, Amazonia Ambassador, Nutritionist & Herbalist, lack of sleep is the likely culprit to many health problems – including how beautiful you look. Zoe shares three science-backed benefits of sleep and some simple strategies you can implement to ensure you’re well-rested, healthy and beautiful!
1. For faster-healing and more youthful skin
Move over fountain of youth. Are you searching for that refreshed complexion from decades past? Well, the answer might lie on your pillow. Your skin uses sleep hours to heal itself from the day’s damage, which means when you enter dreamland, your skin gets the chance to improve and restore, while slowing down the skin’s ageing process and loss of collagen. In short: sleep deprivation can mean more wrinkles and fine lines.
2. For a stronger immune system
When it comes to your health, sleep plays a vital role. While getting extra z’s won’t necessarily prevent you from getting sick, skipping on sleep could adversely affect your immunity, leaving you vulnerable to a bad cold, or worse! To keep yourself sniffle-free, your body needs sufficient sleep in order to produce the proteins that effectively fight against infection and inflammation. Adding to this, a weakened immunity is linked to aggravating skin issues like acne, psoriasis and eczema.
3. For weight loss
Even with the very best diet and fitness routine, if your sleep routine is off, you’ll struggle. When you have a bad night’s sleep how do you feel? Exhausted, dazed, grumpy and maybe even confused? Well, it’s not just your brain and body that feel that way – your fat cells do too. Ensuring you’re well-rested can increase your ability to shed unwanted fat significantly.
How to fix your poor sleep?
The cause as to why people aren’t getting enough sleep comes down to a range of health issues. Zoe states one major problem is poor gut health, which displays signs of insomnia and circadian disturbance.
To put it statistically, 90 percent of the body’s serotonin is created in the gut, which is vital for feeling alert, awake and energised in the morning. And as day turns to night, the serotonin is converted to melatonin, also known as the number one hormone to promote sleep.
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