Halloween is in our rear-view, Thanksgiving on the horizon and the time change is coming this weekend! Daylight Savings Time is coming to an end for this year, and while the perennial debate about whether we still need the annual clock-shift continues, we’d rather focus on that extra hour of sleep we’re gaining.
Unlike the experience of springing-forward back in March, falling-back can not only add an hour to this Sunday’s beauty sleep, but is the perfect time to make an overall adjustment. Why not take the opportunity to reset your sleep clock for the rest of the year? Sure, you could try and squeeze one more thing into your calendar, but why not make a late-in-the-year resolution for better sleep and health?
Sleep on it!
As much as we love our skincare products and the benefits they provide, the very best thing you can do for your skin is to get a good night’s sleep. While you sleep, your skin undergoes a deep, restorative process, accelerating its natural healing and rejuvenating process. It also allows your skin cells to flourish and replicate, replacing the older skin cells with newer ones.
Sleep also helps our brains clear out mental toxins – those voices in your head that tell you you’re not good enough – and it builds connections between new important memories. It relieves mental as well as physical stress. Sleep allows your body to reset, but also improves your average heart rate, reduces your blood pressure and slows your breathing.
There’s also new evidence that just one more hour of sleep per night can switch on certain genetic expressions that help your body’s natural defense against diabetes, cancer and inflammation.
Weigh Your Options
Getting more sleep can also lead to weight loss. People almost automatically reach for high calorie foods – or sugar laden coffee when they’re too tired. They may not even realize they’re doing it. Additionally, when you don’t sleep well, the balance of hunger-regulating hormones leptin and ghrelin can be thrown off, meaning you eat more because your body doesn’t relay the message that you’re full or satisfied as quickly.
There’s also evidence that your body loses a tiny bit of weight while you sleep and the more sleep you get, the better the results. And if you get too little sleep, your body’s reaction can cancel out many of the effects of the diet and exercise program you’re on.
One to Grow On
Another advantage to sleep is that your body releases its natural growth hormone. When you’re a teenager, that’s what often causes overnight growth spurts and natural body development – like the sudden budding of breasts after puberty.
Growth hormone also stimulates collagen growth. And it doesn’t stop when your body stops growing – collagen production continues well into adulthood and it makes your skin softer and more elastic.
Take advantage of that by using a moisturizing facial cream like our CRC Cellular Regeneration Cream. The active ingredients in the CRC amplify the body’s collagen production spike, reducing pigment problems, fine lines, wrinkles, and scarring due to acne and rosacea.
So take advantage of that extra hour of sleep, not just on Sunday, but add it to your daily routine, to make your morning skin care regimen more effective and add years to your skin and your life!