Good Morning All!
*YAWN* my little beauty had a rough time sleeping last night. Which should not have been the case as she ran around the stable and played with “her” pony all day! (the pic at left was taken yesterday as a matter of fact) But, never the less, sleepless she was. Bekah came in to wake me & hubby multiple times complaining that she just could not get to sleep. So, I finally got a quilt and some pillows and lay on the floor next her. She soon settled in and fell fast asleep. I, on the other hand got little to no sleep and now feel like I have crackled glass for a spine and I think my left kidney went flat. Eh it’s OK. All in the line of mommy duty and am so happy my little beauty is awake and refreshed and..ZzzzZzzzZz.
Huh? What? *wipes drool*….Where was I? Oh yes…Sleep…
Did you know that sleep is a very important factor for your beauty and overall health? It’s true! Just look here!
Beauty sleep is not a myth and sleep does lessen the severity of wrinkles in the face and neck, at least temporarily. Part of this is due to a decline in body temperature and a shift in body position. The body cools in anticipation of bed time (about half a degree) and to do so, the circulatory system increases blood flow to the skin. This is why the cheeks often flush at night.
What does it mean to be “radiant”? It generally means the color of the skin moves closer to the color of blood. A radiator in a house or car movers hot liquid around to distribute heat, and so does the circulatory system move warm blood around and skin tone changes to affect body temperature. This is why some people appear more radiant just before bedtime or during sleep.
Early in the nightime sleep cycle, people typically have a surge in growth hormone. This period of deep sleep, stages 3 and 4 sleep, contributes to what people call “beauty sleep” as secretion of growth hormone helps repair and rebuild body tissues like muscle and bone. Many of the body’s cells also show increased production and reduced breakdown of proteins during deep sleep. Since proteins are the building blocks needed for cell growth and for repair of damage from factors like stress and ultraviolet rays, deep sleep may truly be “beauty sleep.”
Increased growth hormone release is believed to be linked to the fasting state which develops in human sleep. There is some evidence that skin cells regenerate faster at night than during the day. Cell division happens throughout the day, but peaks around 2 am. This is literally renewal and rejuvenation during sleep. The peak in cell division happens even if you stay awake at night, while the surge in growth hormone doesn’t.
So… that’s some pretty facinating stuff huh!? I never realized just how much sleep was important to your beauty and overall health! So make sure you get some great sleep!
I’m gonna go and take a nap myself!
Have a Beautiful Day!
All The Best To You!!!
~ Patti (Yeshuazgirl)
Beauty Science Article http://www.sleepdex.org/beautysleep.htm