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The brain is considered an essential part of your body; it handles all the other organs. During sleep, our brain regenerates, flushes out toxins, and make new nerve connections. Kids below the age of 16 are suggested to sleep more than adults as their minds are still in the developmental stage.

How Sleep Impacts Metabolism

Sleep deprivation not only affects your cognitive behavior, but it also puts an adverse effect on your hormones and metabolism. Most of our body’s function is regulated by hormones- whether it’s our eating habits, women’s menstrual cycle, concentration, activeness, energy, or libido. All are in some way or the other connected to hormones.

The right levels of hormones in our body fluctuate with the light and dark cycle of a Circadian rhythm. During sleep deprivation, our circadian rhythm is disturbed; hence, the metabolism of specific lipids, and subsequently, hormones are affected.

For many people and acne, Breakout is a result of stress. It not only hurts physically, but it looks terrible as well. No amount of lotion, creams, or external treatment can fix acne breakouts if your internal mechanism is not working correctly.

How Sleep Impacts Acne


1. Cell regenerates during sleep

According to some sleep experts and doctors, our body regenerates skin cell at night time. There are a lot of involving hormonal metabolism in the body and sleep. Our circadian rhythm controls most hormones. According to some studies, cell division takes the highest peak at around 2 am. The rejuvenation is affected by growth hormones. That is why it is recommended to sleep early.

There can be a decrease in growth hormone due to lack of sleep. If you do not acquire a REM sleep cycle at night, it can lower growth hormones in your body and subsequently reduces the rate of cell division.

2.High level of cortisol

Low quality sleep can cause your adrenaline glands to produce more cortisol hormone. Cortisol is said to be a stress hormone, and it can affect the oil glands in your skin. Increased oil production and sebum retention on the pores of your face can grow bacteria and lead to acne.

3. Low level of melatonin

Melatonin is a natural hormone that causes you to fall asleep. Melatonin is also an antioxidant which scavengers for free radicals, reactive oxygen, and nitrogen species. People who don’t get proper sleep and suffer from low levels of melatonin, the toxins in their skin increases. It can lead to skin problems such as inflammation and acne.

What should you do?

Getting proper sleep of about seven to eight hours every day can help you reduce acne.

Make sure not to consume food or drinks that can prevent you from sleeping.

Keep your electronic devices away before going to bed. The light from electronic devices affects melatonin secretion in the body.

Go to bed early between 10 to 11 pm.

Drink a lot of water throughout the day.

Clean your face before bed and apply a light moisturizer to keep it hydrated

Acne is mostly temporary and often related to food habits as well. For a significant acne problem that persists for a long time, you should see your Dermatologist. They will provide you with proper medicines and lotion that can help you get rid of it.


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