11 August 2020 | Conseil du bien dormir
So is sleeping the new natural anti-ageing treatment? Sleep plays a fundamental role in the proper functioning of the organism: stress relief and rest, cerebral maturation, stimulation of the immune system, learning and memorisation, cell regeneration. Which from this list contributes to making you even more beautiful?
At night, cell regeneration increases. At around 1 am the multiplication of cells reaches its peak. Indeed, the body takes advantage of the nigh-time peace, that is to say the absence of external disruptive elements, to repair and regenerate itself.
Quality sleep is essential for health but also for limiting the effects of ageing on our skin. This link was made by researchers at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center. The result of the study is clear: lack of sleep is clearly a cause of skin ageing signs.
There is therefore a correlation between skin health and sleep deprivation. The researchers analysed the habits of 60 women, aged from 30 to 49, half of whom suffered from poor sleep. A clinical evaluation of skin and several other clinical tests were carried out on the study participants and the findings are clear: after a good night’s sleep, skin exposed to stress factors recovers better. In the case of consistently bad nights, the signs of skin ageing such as wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation and sagging increase. Moreover, the perception of our skin and face is much improved when we sleep better. Sleeping therefore does indeed make you beautiful!
Many have woken in the morning with sheet marks on their faces, but what is this exactly? Almost 97% of the population sleep on cotton pillowcases. The problem with cotton is that it does not slide and so the fabric continually rubs and pulls on delicate parts of the face and neck. As we age, our skin becomes more fragile, less elastic and sheet marks take longer to disappear and slowly but surely become wrinkles. Only pillowcases made from a very soft and non-abrasive fabric like natural mulberry silk limit the effects of friction between the fabric and our skin:
Sleep is probably one of the best natural anti-ageing treatments. It is essential for the detoxification of our organism as well as for cell regeneration. We might never think of sleep as the cause of our wrinkles. However, a regular good night’s sleep protects us from the first signs of skin ageing. Sleeping provides us with a deep recovery session and yet requires no great effort: except getting started!
In recent years, meditation has established itself as an valuable technique to practice for anyone who wants to restore their peace of mind. It promises to open the doors to the world of dreams for us in one step. Should we adventure there ?
Sleep is a delicate balance, influenced by many external factors. So, it is essential to create a cosy atmosphere in your bedroom, conducive to relaxation and rest. We spend almost a third of our life in this room, so intimate and so fundamental to our rest. Furnishing it with the greatest care is therefore vital to create the right atmosphere for restful sleep. Below are some tips to make the atmosphere in your bedroom one of well-being and serenity.
Pr. Matthew Walker, a prominent neuroscientist and sleep specialist, has been researching for many years to understand the physiology and mechanisms of sleep. He has grouped all of his observations and discoveries in his bestselling book called « Why We Sleep »