Go Take a Nap!

A Pleasant Prescription for Healthy Skin

So often the prescriptions for good health require a fair amount of hard work and commitment. As it turns out, for years our four-legged friends have been showing us one of the greatest health tips around. Research from University Hospitals Case Medical Center found that a key component of keeping your skin healthy and vibrant is to get enough sleep, and an afternoon nap is part of that regime.

That’s a healthy habit a lot of us can relate to.

The study, published in Science Daily, found that sleep reduced the signs of aging, including reversing the appearance of fine lines and improving recovering from environmental stressors such as UV radiation.

The study, titled “Effects of Sleep Quality on Skin Aging and Function,” involved 60 premenopausal women from 30 to 49, half of which slept poorly, the other half of which enjoyed sound sleep. The women underwent visual skin evaluations and other tests that determined skin resilience. The study was presented at the International Investigative Dermatology Meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland.

According to Care2’s website, “The scientists found statistically significant differences between the women who slept well and those who did not.  They found increased signs of skin aging such as fine lines, uneven pigmentation, and reduced skin elasticity in women who slept poorly. They also found that good quality sleep improved recovery time from skin stressors like UV radiation.”

Sleep issues are epidemic among both men and women worldwide. In addition to being linked to medical issues such as weakened immune systems, obesity and even cancer, we can now add premature aging to the list.

How to Nap and Other Skin-Healthy Tips

Twenty minutes is widely understood to be the optimal amount of time for napping. Of course, this will vary depending on the person. You can read more about optimal napping here.

In addition, antioxidants are important in keeping your skin radiant throughout your life. Supplements such as Protandim are a rich source of antioxidants. You can also boost your antioxidant consumption by adding nutrient-rich foods to your diet. Here’s an article on WebMd that explains the relationship between antioxidant consumption and skin health.

When that after-lunch lull hits you, find a place to lie down for a few minutes. Not only will it revitalize your brain, but it will also keep your skin looking and feeling fresh and vital.

 

 

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