Does sleep deprivation cause skin pimples or acne? Does sleep affect acne? Yes, it does. Big time.But you cannot say sleep causes us to have skin pimples. Sleep, specifically sleep deprivation, affects acne indirectly. Sleep affects most, if not all, the causes that lead to acne. Let's see how this happens and how you can harness the power of sleep to cure acne. Wouldn't that be nice? Just put your head on the pillow and dream your pimples away?
As you are about to see sleep is an important part of getting clear. The importance of sleep. Sleep, just like food and air, is something your body needs. It's not an option. Extreme sleep deprivation can lead to death, just as sure as starvation does. Consider sleep as maintenance time. It affects both the mind and the body. And when you don't get enough sleep both suffer and eventually breakdown. Just like a car breaks down if you don't take good care of it. Lack of sleep, also called sleep deprivation can lead to acne and other health issues, some extremely serious. Before we get to that let's define sleep deprivation as not getting enough sleep.
You've been there. You can't get out of bed and feel tired and low energy the whole day. Although sleeping too much can also cause this, as I explain in my Wake Up To Clear Skin report. There is no magical number of hours you need to sleep. Sleep deprivation has more to do with the quality of your sleep than the number of hours you sleep. That explains why some people can sleep 5 hours a night and feel rested and energized. While other people can sleep 10 hours and still wake up tired and feel groggy the whole day.
Health effects of sleep deprivation, not getting enough sleep is serious. It has shown to:
- Increase inflammation (the main cause of acne)
- Increase insulin resistance (another bad boy behind acne)
- Make you fat
- Increase stress (read how stress affects acne)
- Lead to depression and negative attitude
Quite a list eh? All for skimping little sleep. Something we all do in modern society.
You’re probably wondering..but how does this relate to acne. Sorry for dragging you through all that, but I do have a point here. In the what causes acne page I explained how inflammation and insulin resistance causes acne. Put one and one together and you'll see how sleep deprivation can aggravate acne. Sleep can affect acne in other ways also. Let's look at mental attitude. Being positive leads to healthy and happy body chemistry (hormones and all that stuff), which helps you to fight acne.
Unfortunately, the opposite is also true. Being depressed and pessimistic leads to not so healthy body chemistry. And as you just learned sleep deprivation can bum you out. Still, despite sleep having a big impact on acne, you can't say sleep deprivation causes acne. Health, and by extension acne, is a holistic system (each part is connected and affects one another) and it's impossible to single out a single element (such as diet or sleep) and say this is the cause. Unfortunately, it's not that simple. Sleep affects every element of health (getting enough sleep positively and sleep deprivation negatively). When you don't get enough sleep your diet heads south, you have less energy to exercise, you become depressed and pessimistic.
All of these can make your skin pimples or acne worse. So in summary, yes lack of sleep can and will make your acne worse. And if you are sleep deprived I can be certain that you will not get clear. If you don't get your sleep you can eat the perfect diet and live the healthiest life and still not get clear. Sleep is a crucial piece of the puzzle. So make sure you get your sleep, but not too much. Sleeping too much has its own downsides. To be healthy and cure acne you need the right amount of sleep.
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