How Sleep and your Diet can Affect your Skin


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Everyone knows that you really are what you eat, but a recent study indicates that sleep can also be affected by your diet.

Recent research from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, shows that there is a direct association between sleeping patterns and the food that you eat.

Getting seven to eight hours of sleep not only helps your well-being, but also your skin. However, even if you are getting the appropriate amount of sleep, your diet could affect how you feel when you wake up.

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What the researchers found was that there is a direct association between the number of calories that you consume before bedtime and restful sleep. A lack of sleep not only affects your mood, but can also make your skin look fatigued.

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It really is a vicious circle. A lack of sleep will affect your diet, while your diet can affect your sleep patterns. Enjoying a healthy diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables will help you sleep better, feel better, and make your skin look better.

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A lack of sleep can also cause long-term health complications including diabetes and heart disease. According to the experts, trying to catch up on sleep over the weekend doesn’t help matters either as it affects how your blood glucose and insulin work together.

If you suffer from insomnia because of stress or other issues, try eating more fish, bananas, chickpeas, and fortified cereal as it can help your body produce much-needed melatonin, which is known to be a sleep inducing hormone and can also help your skin.

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If you want to improve the way your skin looks and feels and you are only getting five or six hours of sleep, there are some things you can do to help you close your eyes at night.

Try giving up caffeine around three in the afternoon. The life of a cup of tea or coffee, or an energy drink that is loaded with caffeine is about four hours. Once that cycle has ended, you will need another jolt. If you don’t believe this is true, just check out the line at your local coffee house around three in the afternoon. Caffeine will keep you up at night.

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Another reason that you may not be getting the sleep you need for a healthy body and great looking skin could have something to do with carbohydrates. Like a two edged sword a meal loaded with carbohydrates will keep you up while a lack of sleep will make you crave heavy carb snacks the following day.

If you want healthier looking skin, watch what you eat, particularly before you go to bed, and try an all-natural skin care line such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE to improve the look and feel of your skin. Order your organic skin care products today.