Does the amount you sleep influence your acne? If you experience acne, you might have noticed this your self. After a period of bad nights sleep you may wake up with oily skin and blemishes. This is because sleep does indeed affect acne. Lets see how sleep impacts your acne and what can be done with sleep to help reduce the issue.

As humans we need sleep. Each of us need a different level of sleep every night, the whole “8 hours a night” is just an average. Some people do just fine on 6 hours while some people need more sleep. Sometimes we do not actually have much choice on how much we can sleep due to obligations however we should always try our best to get enough sleep.

The quality of your sleep also counts. You can have a poor sleep for 8 hours and technically not get enough sleep.

A lack of good sleep can:

– Cause stress and even lead to despression symptoms.
– Increase insulin resistance
– Increase inflammatory cytokines
– Increase the possibility that you gain weight.
– Leave you with low energy levels and productivity levels during the day.

Those are just a handful of examples of the problems a bad sleep can lead to. The two main issues for acne are the increases in insulin resistance and the inflammation.

Even with slight sleep deprivation, we can experience an increase in insulin resistance. This means that our bodies ability to use glucose is decreased. This can lead to acne as well as other health problems such as diabetes.

Again it only takes a slight amount of sleep deprivation, we can experience an increase in inflammation. This can affect numerous health disorders including acne.

Anyone who has dealt with a lack of sleep for a prolonged period of time can tell you that it does increase our stress levels and can sometimes lead to depression and stress, which also has an effect on acne and oily skin.

You usually know if you’re not getting enough sleep but a good sign is how you feel when you get up. People hardly ever feel amazing as soon as they are up but do you feel like the walking dead? Do you struggle to get through the day? This could be because of sleep deprivation. It could also be caused by other issues such as diet, but you shouldn’t be feeling this way and you should try and figure out what is causing your low energy.

To improve your sleep, the first thing you should do is acknowledge the fact that you aren’t getting enough good sleep. Then you should try a few things out.

These could be:

  • Lowering your caffeine intake during the day.
  • Going to sleep an hour earlier every night – This may be tough to begin with as your body clock needs to adapt ,however it shouldn’t take long to get used to it.
  • Stop doing any work long before you go to sleep so that your mind is not in overdrive when your head hits the pillow.

The most important thing you need to do is acknowledge the issue. If you’re sleep deprived then you must try to solve the problem. If you feel like you’re suffering from insomnia and need help or guidance from an expert then you should get in touch with your doctor.

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