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Posted on March 17, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko
Most healthy adults require anywhere from seven to 9 hours of sleep each night. While the benefits of getting this much rest are plenty and varied, it appears many people don’t recognize the importance of getting high-quality sleep.
Indeed, recent reports have shown that nearly 30% of US adults get by with an average of six hours or less of sleep per night. While some, trainee doctors especially, may choose to regard their ability to get by on minimal sleep as a badge of honor, it’s a fact that any significant shortfall in your sleep can carry significant negative health effects.
Insufficient sleep not only carries the risk of some fairly evident problems – tiredness, inability to concentrate, poor memory, but is also linked to many other mental or physical problems, including;
- Greater risk of accidents
- Compromised cardiovascular health
- Impaired ability to fight infection
The Science Behind Sleep
There are some obvious physical signs of poor sleep, such as puffy eyes and dark under-eye circles.
But chronic sleep problems can manifest themselves in a surprising variety of different skin-related problems.
The body depends on healthy sleep patterns to regulate the release of many different chemicals and hormones.
Sleep disruption can result in increased levels of cortisol, a stress-related hormone. Excess cortisol increases the rate that skin collagen degrades, and collagen is absolutely crucial to maintaining healthy-looking, resilient skin.
Poor sleep also reduces the normal production of human growth hormone – which is also important for maintaining healthy skin texture, as well as the muscles and bones that support our skin layers. Growth hormone is vital to repairing the day-to-day damage to skin cells that is a normal part of our lives.
Last and certainly not least, insufficient sleep increases many people’s tendency to gain weight – possibly by disrupting the production of chemicals that serve both to stimulate and regulate one’s appetite for food.
The resulting increased amounts of subcutaneous fat accumulated over the long term is another major reason for skin damage, resulting in stretch marks, cellulite, and other cosmetic skin problems.
Improving Sleep Quality
“Sleep quality” is the result of three factors – how long it takes you to fall asleep, how long you sleep, and how well (or deeply) you sleep.
Your first objective should be to try to increase the time you spend in bed, and minimize your use of electronic gadgets before going to bed, and especially once you’re in bed.
Sleep deprivation is not only a question of how many hours you spend in bed, but also the quality of the sleep you achieve once you sleep.
Sleep apnea is a well-known cause of low-quality sleep, but several other behaviors can contribute to reduced quality sleep, such as sleeping in an environment that has excessive light leakage. Anything that distracts from solid uninterrupted sleep can have cumulative negative effects, and these effects can be significant.
Your doctor may be able to recommend some supplements to help improve sleep, such as taking melatonin supplements before bedtime, but these unfortunately are not always effective.
Laser Skin Treatments from Your Laser Skin Care
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Posted on December 24, 2014 by Ella Fedonenko
Our skin is often a good gauge of our overall health. Sudden changes in skin quality usually are symptomatic of something happening within us. You know what your skin looks like on a daily basis. When something atypical develops, you’ll notice. Sometimes we assume the worst; other times, we don’t think twice about it.
What we should do is take notice and know some basics about various skin abnormalities. After that, you may want to call an experienced dermatologist’s office like Your Laser Skin Care to help you diagnose the issue.
If you suddenly develop adult acne or a pale complexion, among other issues, here is what you should know.
Is your skin …
1. Yellow-hued? If your skin suddenly develops a yellowish hue, it typically means one of two things: carotenemia or jaundice. Carotenemia is defined as excessive beta-carotene in the body. This occurs from eating too many carrots or other carotene-rich products like sweet potatoes. Carotenemia looks odd, but it is harmless. The hue will dissipate once carotene levels are lowered. The other cause of yellowish skin is jaundice, which is a serious health concern. It could be a symptom of a variety of issues like blood disease, medications and cirrhosis. In addition to yellowing skin, jaundice will often cause a person’seyes to turn yellow.
2. Purple-shaded spots? They’re called purpura, and they’re caused when blood vessels pop and pool blood under the skin. This is a somewhat common occurrence in those aged 65 and older. Blood vessels are weaker, and skin quality is diminished by years of sun damage. However, these blotches could mean there is a health concern like blood clotting disorders, Vitamin C deficiency or blood stream infections.
3. Dry? Dry skin is a common problem for mostly everyone, especially during the winter months.However, not consuming enough healthy fats can lead to dry skin. Eating more omega-3 fatty acids will help improve your skin’s dryness. Foods with high omega-3 fatty acids include eggs, anchovies and salmon.
4. Dark under-eye circles? Usually this is a sign of a lack of sleep. But if you’re getting a healthy amount of sleep and the circles persist, it could mean you have a Vitamin C deficiency. Vitamin C helps with the production of collagen. Low levels of the vitamin can cause scurvy, which will make eyes look recessed. Being dehydrated also can cause under-eye circles. Remedy with more water intake.
5. Acne? Adult acne could be a sign of an underlying health concern. Sometimes it’s associated with polycystic ovary syndrome in women. The condition is usually accompanied by longer menstrual periods, excessive hair growth and obesity.