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Why Sleep is Necessary for Skin’s Wellness? Pharmacist Sultan Dajani Explains

The necessity of sleep for our body’s holistic well-being is undeniable. According to Jeff Sanders, sleep deprivation can do unimaginable damage to your mind and body. Chronic sleep deprivation alters immune function, including the activity of the body’s killer cells. The side effects include repeated headaches, drowsiness, irritability, dizziness, nausea, lack of empathy and chronic outbursts of anger.

But does sleep act as a beauty stimulant too to our keep the charm of our skin intact? The answer is YES. Adequate sleep can do miracles not only of the well-being for your body but also for your skin.

Here are 3 reasons why ..

1. Why our beauty regimes need a good snooze time?

A good night’s sleep is described as getting your beauty sleep for good reason. Research shows that even one bad night doesn’t do wonders for your face and skin.

A study conducted by Oxford University Press, in which 40 observers were asked to rate 20 facial photographs for tiredness, facial cues and sadness. The faces they were asked to rate were those who had slept normally or those who had a sleep-deprived night following only five hours sleep. The faces of sleep-deprived people were perceived as having more hanging eyelids, redder eyes, more swollen eyes, paler skin, more wrinkles/fine lines and more droopy corners to the mouth.

Another study involving 25 participants photographed after 2 days of sleep deprivation and their photographs rated by 122 people showed that sleep-deprived individuals were rated as less attractive, less healthy and sleepier. Facial communication is important in everyday life so these signs of sleep deprivation can have important impacts on work and social life. In this study, the raters of the photographs said they would be less inclined to interact with sleep-deprived individuals.

2. Sleep, time & skin love

So, a poor night’s sleep could have a more important impact than you might have imagined. Sleep is a time when your skin – particularly the epidermis – repairs itself. During sleep, the blood flow to the skin increases, repairing damage from sun and pollution exposure and rebuilds collagen. Collagen helps to prevent sagging.

Bags under eyes
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Sleep also delivers replenishing fluid to all areas of the body that need it including the eyes and lips, while removing excess fluid from other areas like under the eyes. Reduced sleep can create bags under the eyes (unwanted fluid that has not been removed during sleep).

Without the opportunity that 7 to 8 hours that sleep gives, your skin ages faster and doesn’t recover so well from the environmental pollutants of the day.

Poor sleep also leads to stress and vice versa. Stress leads to increased production of the stress hormone cortisol which can also impact on the skin’s quality through increasing inflammation and destabilising the immune system. This can aggravate skin problems like acne and eczema.

So, be sure to try to get a good night’s sleep. Stick also to your daily skin care routine. Eat a healthy diet, keep well hydrated and get plenty of exercise, outdoors if you can.

3. Busting inner skin troubles

To improve sleep and bust stress, try a quality, seed to shelf CBD oil supplements. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognised that CBD may have the potential to help with sleep issues.

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Evidence of benefit in sleep is related to CBD having a calming effect in the central nervous system mediated by CBD’s interaction with the CBD 1 and 2 receptors, amongst others. A double-blind placebo-controlled trial in 70 healthy people found that CBD reduced the time to fall asleep and improved sleep efficiency.

In a clinical trial involving 72 adult patients, CBD oil improved anxiety scores and sleep scores within the first month. Acute administration of CBD has been shown to reduce resting blood pressure and the blood pressure increase to stress in humans, associated with increased heart rate.

Two systematic reviews of the scientific literature has suggested a benefit for CBD in anxiety.

We could find independent community pharmacist Sultan Dajani from London for commentary on behalf of Dragonflycbd.com.

Dajani has a demonstrable history of working in the pharmaceuticals industry, a regular contributor to The Pharmaceutical Journal and the former Chairman of Pan-pharmacy Information Management & Technology Group (IMT) of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Here’s what he had to say on skincare, coping with sleep deprivation and the benefits of using CBD oils.

Do you think that sleep can revitalise your skin?

“Research has shown that even one bad night of sleep can have an impact on the skin, and leave tell-tale signs on our face. Sleep is a time when the skin, particularly the epidermis gets to work and repairs itself, and while we are fast asleep our body is busy replenishing fluid to all areas of the body that need it including the eyes and lips, while removing excess fluid from other areas like under the eyes.”

How many hours of sleep should we be getting each night?

“The amount of sleep needed varies for each individual. The general consensus from a wealth of studies is that we need between 7 to 8 hours sleep a night for good health.

It is important to look at your own needs and how you feel during the day to assess if you need more sleep, or better-quality sleep. If you are feeling tired or sleepy during the day, or are really struggling waking up, you should look at the sleep routine and consider getting to bed earlier than you usually do.”

Those who are in the emergency services and don’t have the luxury to sleep at night, what is your advice for them?

“For those working irregular hours, their sleep routine is obviously affected as there isn’t a consistent sleep and wake up time. There are a few things I would suggest.

  • Ensure the sleeping environment is set for daytime sleeping. At night as it gets dark, we naturally release a hormone called melatonin which makes us sleepy and ready to sleep. So, we need to mimic these conditions. Use a blackout blind or curtains to keep light out the room, and as others go about their day to day activities the noise level will be increased versus the night, so consider earplugs as well to minimise disruption
  • Try to stick to the same sleeping routine. Even though the routine isn’t as regular as those with normal working patterns giving your body and mind a pattern it can follow can help. So, when you finish work and get home, you’ll still need some relaxation time to allow the mind to unwind and get ready for sleep. Try to follow the same bedtime routine with perhaps taking a bath or shower before bed and brushing your teeth. And
  • Eat little towards the end of working hours. Eating just before bed can make falling asleep hard or disrupt sleep as the digestive system is busy working. Try and plan your food so your larger meals are earlier rather than later, and eat light towards the end or once you are home 
  • Anyone who has problems sleeping should consider taking a CBD supplement like DragonflyCBD Oil. Taking a few drops of DragonflyCBD Oil as part of a daily regime helps better quality sleep.”

Can CBD Oil help with sleep and improve uninterrupted sleep?

“Recent research from DragonflyCBD found that ‘worry troubles’ keep many of us awake at night, with a third (36%) blaming their ‘stressed’ lifestyle and one in five (21%) noting job worries, as the reason why their slumber is interrupted.

Anxiety, stress and worries all cause a lack of sleep, or disturbed sleep. One phase we go through when we sleep is REM (Rapid Eye Movement) and it is closely linked with mental recharge and is essential to feeling mentally and emotionally well.

A few drops of CBD oil as part of your daily routine can help you feel relaxed, creating much sleep patterns. DragonflyCBD Oil has been shown to reduce conditioned fear and anxiety and the World Health Organization has recognised that CBD may have the potential to help health issues such as anxiety and insomnia.”

Does CBD need to be administered by a healthcare Professional?

“CBD oil is a cannabidiol-based product derived from Cannabis Sativa L plants. It is different from cannabis as it is free from THC, which is what causes a ‘high’. CBD oil can be bought from the shelves in pharmacy, healthcare and grocery retailers like Tesco and online so a healthcare professional does not need to administer it.

Your healthcare professional, such as your local pharmacist will be able to give you advice, and you should always use a trusted brand like DragonflyCBD Oil which is made with quality graded ingredients according to Good Manufacturing Practice and recently passed a Centre for Medicinal Cannabis (CMC) product and ingredient quality test in which 30 brands were audited by an independent testing laboratory.”

I thought you might be interested in some information from Dr Catherine Hood looking at the importance of sleep and how it’s essential for our skin. 

If you found these information around the importance of sleep and how it’s essential for our skin useful, or if you have any questions for Sultan, feel free to ask in the comments below.

It would be great to hear if this was something you might be able to use in any way.

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