Acne and Sleep – Is Acne Your Source of Insomnia?

Have you ever noticed that on the nights when you finally are able to get enough sleep, you look a little better the next day? One reason for this is that your skin greatly benefits from sleep. Lack of sleep can cause acne and speed the aging process.

Lack of sleep, however, is never the source of acne. It simply can make it worse because of the toll it takes on your body. Getting enough sleep won’t make your acne go away, but it will help it heal much faster.

A full eight hours of sleep is important for this because sleep is a restorative process. Your body needs to go through multiple sleep cycles each night to repair the damage of your daily activities. This will strengthen your immune system, making it easier for your skin to heal.

Lack of sleep is also known for making you crave junk food rather than healthy food. This can also contribute to acne, because too much sugar is bad for your skin. High blood sugar can reduce the body’s ability to reduce inflammation, which makes acne look even worse.

Here are four tips for young people for getting eight hours of sleep each night.

1) Do Homework in the Afternoon – Many students choose to put off their homework until right before they go to sleep. This leads to sleep loss because you are up doing homework, but also because it doesn’t give your brain a chance to wind down before going to sleep. You may find it difficult to fall asleep right away because your brain is still in high-powered algebra mode.

2) Don’t Sleep in Too Much on Weekends – I know weekends are a time to stay out late and sleep even later, but this can really mess with your biological clock. When you sleep till one in the afternoon on Sunday, it will be difficult to fall asleep at a decent time on Sunday night, making Monday morning even harder than it already is. Try to only sleep in till ten at the latest, and you should be able to fall asleep well enough that night.

3) Cramming Is Bad – One of the main processes of sleep is consolidating memories from the day. Yes, it helps you memorize things. If you learn it all right before you go to sleep though, you will intentionally try to hold on to that information for the morning. Doing this keeps your brain thinking, making it hard to clear your mind and get the sleep you need to solidify those memories.