Staying up all night to binge-watch your favorite show always seems like a great idea at the time, but it turns out lack of sleep can do more harm than you think. From disrupting your diet to ruining your skin, here are four adverse effects that’ll have you ready to re-prioritize your beauty rest.
The Problem: Lack of sleep leads to increased levels of stress hormones in the body, which can cause skin inflammation. Say hello to wrinkles, under-eye bags and inflamed acne.
The Solution: Take advantage of the little shut-eye you do get by applying an overnight mask to target your specific skin concerns.
The Problem: The more sleep-deprived you are, the higher your levels of cortisol (a stress hormone), which increases your appetite.
The Solution: An hour of exercise in the evening will lower your cortisol levels. Also, working out late in the day helps you fall asleep faster and slumber longer.
The Problem: When you're lacking rest, your complexion can get dehydrated and cause the area under the eyes to lose collagen, exposing bluish blood vessels under the skin. This area can also retain fluid and become puffy, which only makes dark circles look worse.
The Solution: Place a cold spoon on the under-eye area to reduce swelling, then try one of our tricks for concealing dark circles.
The Problem: Not getting enough rest can lead to hormone imbalances, which can cause hair loss.
The Solution: Use a biotin-infused shampoo to feed your hair and scalp with vital nutrients. Fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer when you block out light with a silk eye mask and energy-saving curtains.