The secret to a great night's sleep

Why lack of sleep can affect your skin

New research by Witch Skincare has found that a lack of sleep not only affects our appetite, energy and concentration levels, but also directly linked to our skin health.


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The research revealed that just 15% of women get eight hours (or more) sleep per night, yet 80% say a good night's sleep makes a huge difference on their skin. Skin expert Katie McCaffrey, Temple Spa Training and Treatment Development Manager, says that not enough sleep can age you and cause breakouts. "If you get enough sleep at night, oxygenation happens where blood rises to surface of the skin, being fed with nutrients and oxygen. If you're not getting that overnight, skin will appear duller in the morning and premature ageing is more likely to occur as the oxygenating process isn't having the full effect, leaving skin looking unhealthy and lackluster."

In regards to a break out of spots, which 43% of us blame bad sleep on, it could be because detoxing also happens at night for the skin, "therefore without enough sleep there will be a build-up of congestion and bacteria," Katie adds.  

The more restoration your skin has at night the better, but think quality over quantity. "At night time the skin regenerates itself, but this only happens when we're in a deep state of sleep, not disturbed. The less deep sleep you have, the less your skin will regenerate and repair itself", Katie warns. 

Here are some top tips from our sleep expert, Dr Nerina, on how to get a good night's sleep, so you can look your best:

  • Try and get yourself in to a regular wind down routine and you will notice a huge difference to the quality of your sleep. Read a book, listen to relaxing music, have a bath and use some relaxing essential oils such as lavender to help promote sleepiness.
  • Your bedroom is your personal sanctuary. Try not to bring your work life into the bedroom and try to turn off all technology 90 minutes before bed. All technology including laptops and mobile phones should be kept out of a bedroom to keep it a calming, relaxing sanctuary for sleep.
  • Caffeine can take up to 10 hours to leave your body, so if you are having problems sleeping or are waking up feeling tired no matter how much sleep you get, minimise caffeine and increase your fluid intake by drinking more water, herbal teas and dilute fruit juices. 


For more helpful sleep tips, visit our Sleep Toolkit  



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