Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Lack of Sleep

Now that the kids are back to school, I only have four to five hours sleep on weekdays. Most of the time, I went to bed at midnight or so, and woke up at 5:00 in the morning, that is why, when the kids are gone for school, I will go back to bed and take a nap. But sometimes, I cannot take a nap, especially if I have something to do that needs to be done like if I have online tasks.

I know that not getting the right amount of sleep is a disaster for our skin. Nighttime is when the skin repairs itself; we build new cells and replace collagen and elastin damaged by the day’s exposure to sun and pollution. The skin is also more absorbent at night, which means it takes in treatments more effectively; in fact, research shows that up to 25 percent more of some vitamin treatments enter the skin at night compared with during the day. Lack of sleep cuts these benefits and causes side effects of its won, such as dark circles, and puffiness under the eyes, as the skin diverts blood to fuel the tired brain and other organs. It can even cause pimples.