Why ‘beauty sleep’ is real, according to doctors

Why ‘beauty sleep’ is real, according to doctors
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“Sleep is incredibly important for physical appearance. Sleep is a regenerative process where we heal and where our neurons build strong connections. It’s like a fountain of youth that we dive in to every night.”

Dr. Mikhail Varshavski, an osteopathic doctor is quoted in an NBC News report.

Dr. Jeffrey Dermer, a sleep medicine physician & chief medical officer of Fusion Health, explains the role sleep plays in reducing inflammation:

“You make anti-inflammatory cytokines while you sleep, which help heal and reduce the impact of damages done throughout the day.”

And if you need more convincing about the importance of a good night’s sleep to prevent premature aging, Dr. Jacob Teitlebaaum, author of “From Fatigued to Fabulous”, explains the relationship between sleep and the release of growth hormones:

“Also known as the ‘Fountain of Youth’ hormone, optimizing growth hormone keeps us young. It keeps our muscles toned, and our skin at its full thickness. Think of it as a healthy facelift for your entire body, including face, breasts and abdominals. Sleep [also] plays a critical role in our production of two key hormones that regulate appetite and weight gain. These are leptin and ghrelin. Numerous studies have shown that inadequate sleep results in an average 6 ½ pound weight gain and a 30 to 55 percent higher risk of obesity.”

Are you now motivated to get a better night’s sleep? What changes are you ready to make in your sleep routine?

NBC News, 7/30/18

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