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Science Says 'Beauty Sleep' Is Real And The Time You Go To Bed Has A Big Impact

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The next time you say that you need to skip an event to get some much-needed "beauty sleep" instead, tell your friends and family that science is backing you up. That’s because there’s new research that indicates your bedtime and how much sleep you get each night indeed plays a huge role on your appearance the next morning. In other words, beauty sleep is a real thing.

According to a new survey conducted by mattress brand Sealy UK, more than 1,000 people revealed their sleep habits and how they felt about their physical appearance the next morning. The results aren’t really shocking, as many participants said that the more sleep they got, the better and well rested they looked the next morning. They said they often woke up feeling great with bright eyes, clear skin, and a natural glow.

In comparison, those who say that they got little to no sleep felt the exact opposite. They claim that with only four to five hours of sleep, they felt very tired in the mornings, had bags under their eyes, and woke up with less than stellar skin. This just further proves the point that the term “beauty sleep” has some truth behind it.

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After all, science has proved that, everyone, regardless of age, need enough sleep per night in order to function the next day, and now look young and beautiful. WebMD says that your skin makes new collagen when you sleep, which prevents sagging. If you are only getting five hours of less of sleep per night, this can lead to twice as many fine lines as sleeping 7 would. It also leaves skin drier, which can make lines more visible.

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Here’s another reason why you may want to snooze for as long as possible each night: your body boosts blood flow to the skin while you snooze, which means you wake to a healthy glow. The less sleep you get, the more drab or lifeless your complexion will look.

Many health experts also agree that sleep deprivation is not only bad for your mental health, but it also causes a decrease in blood flow to the skin surrounding your face. This includes puffy eyes, dark circles or bags under your eyes.

In order to get the maximum amount of sleep that your body deserves every night, health professionals suggest you stay well hydrated throughout the day and elevate your head with an extra pillow at night. This can also help reduce swelling.

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