If you’re getting fewer than 6 hours, it’s likely affecting your appearance. Just look in the mirror when you’re sleep deprived and it’s hard not to notice a difference in your skin, especially on your face. Inadequate sleep is linked with reduced skin health. Your body boosts blood flow to the skin while you snooze, which means you wake to a healthy glow.
Shorting yourself on shut-eye has a negative impact on your health in many ways:
Lack of sleep can affect your mood and your outlook on life, you’re more likely to be irritable and unmotivated. It increases your risk of anxiety and depression.
It’s hard to focus when you’re tired and your mind wanders all over the place. It’s also harder to make good decisions because our ability to assess a situation is impaired. Research links a lack of sleep to an increase of the stress hormone cortisol in the body. Cortisol can break down collagen, the protein that keeps skin smooth.
You recharge your immune system during sleep. Lack of sleep can leave your immune system weak, so you’re more vulnerable to viruses and infectious diseases. It may also take you longer to recover.