The average person should be getting anywhere from seven to 10 hours of sleep per night; despite this, many people may just be getting half that amount. Unfortunately, a lack of sleep can do more than just make you groggy in the morning—it can also result in unpleasant side effects. If you are unaware of the many health risks of not getting the sleep you need on a consistent basis, take a look at the examples below.
Increased Weight Gain
When you consistently get less than 6 hours of sleep per night, your body will require more food or calories for energy to keep you going throughout the day. To help get to sleep earlier each evening, set a curfew for your cell phone and computer use, as they are a common distraction (and source of artificial light) that can keep you up later than you need to be.
A recent study showed that women who get 5 or less hours of sleep per night, have two times the wrinkles as women who sleep at least 7 hours per night. Another way to help get the adequate sleep you need is to exercise on a regular basis, so that your body will be ready to rest at bedtime.
Loss of Elastin
In addition to causing premature wrinkles, a lack of sleep can also lead to a loss of elastin in the skin. This means that, more than just wrinkles, you may also see dark circles, sagging or loss of volume, and dullness.
Poor Judgment & Mood Swings
A lack of sleep can also affect our brain function. When your body does not get an adequate amount of sleep, you may not be able to make the sound judgment you need when driving, at work, or when making decisions in your personal life. In addition, even an innately happy individual can experience mood swings when they do not get enough rest. Just one night of reduced rest can have a negative effect on your mood and outlook the following day.
To help get to sleep each evening try to limit distracting noise by sleeping with ear plugs, closing your bedroom door, or purchasing a white noise or sound machine. You can also try to incorporate relaxing activities into your PM routine such as listening to soothing music, doing yoga, or dimming the lights.
If you feel that your body is showing the signs of sleep deprivation, there are a variety of cosmetic procedures such as Botox and fillers that can once again add life to your skin. While rectifying poor sleep patterns is always recommended, cosmetic procedures can help to undo the visible signs of lack of sleep and premature aging.