A clinical trial commissioned by Estée Lauder and conducted by physicianscientists at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center has found that poor sleepers demonstrated increased signs of skin ageing. Our sleep expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan offers her view;
Dr Nerina said; "Poor sleep can affect not only your physical, mental and emotional health but also your appearance. Chronic insomnia can cause your skin to deteriorate with the production of more wrinkles. This is because when we sleep we produce hormones which nourish and rejuvenate the skin and enhance cell growth so good sleep is nature's best anti-ageing agent.
"Insomnia and stress cause cortisol and adrenaline levels to rise which suppresses the nocturnal production of these precious skin enhancing hormones."
According to our research, millions of Brits are splurging their hard-earned cash on expensive face creams and beauty products to mask the effects of a poor night's sleep, despite less than a third of people (30%) believing they do the job.
This expense can be avoided through a good night's sleep combined with keeping hydrated, both of which are essential for healthy skin.
Dr Nerina and the findings from both studies simply reiterate the value of a good bed; investing in the right mattress can save you hundreds of pounds in beauty products when trying to cover up your bad skin.
Dr Nerina commented: "It's alarming to think that we're spending millions of pounds as a nation each month in our attempts to cover up the results of poor sleep, when we could be spending far less over time on getting a good night's sleep in the first place. There are a plethora of factors that can get in the way of great sleep, but not enough people realise the enormous handicap they're giving themselves by laying down to rest each night on an old, broken or poor quality mattress."