We all know what it’s like to get a poor night’s sleep. We wake up crankier, get hungry quicker, and generally feel foggy throughout the entire day. But it’s nothing an extra cup of coffee can’t cure.
Yet imagine getting two less hours of sleep consistently, night after night. What sorts of changes would take affect? What toll would this have ¬ not only on your internal wellbeing, but on your external health?
This is precisely what Bensons for Beds Beauty Study aimed to find in their six day, 30-women experiment conducted in the UK. The results?
Skin seemed to be hit the hardest. Nearly every single participant displayed visible differences with their completion, from more prominent wrinkles and fine lines to darkened brown spots and increased, irritable redness.
Pore size also took a hit, with skin texture measurably tighter and dryer. Many participants vocalized how they could see and feel the changes themselves, noting a general dullness that seems to have enveloped their facial features.
Yet perhaps the most troubling discovery was the amount of bacteria that had collected across the participants’ faces. An almost 16 percent jump was found, an increase Benson researches deem a product of the skin’s lack of clearing and restoration time.
The findings only add to the importance of having a balanced and restful sleep routine. From everyday health blogsto the Huffington Post, it seems the idea of beauty sleep truly is something to work – or rather, rest – towards