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Benefits of Sleep for Your Skin, Hair and Nails

By August 14, 2023No Comments

Beauty sleep is very real and is the antidote to keeping your skin, hair and nails looking and feeling healthy. Research suggests that 1 in 5 people in the UK alone aren’t getting enough of sleep each night and although it is normal to have a restless night occasionally, experiencing it on a frequent basis could lead to a range of issues. We will be focusing on the benefits of sleep for hair, skin, and nails, but it has a wide range of positives.

How much sleep do you need?

It is recommended that:

  • Adults should be sleeping between 7-9 hours a night
  • Children should be sleeping between 9-13 hours a night
  • Babies and toddlers should be sleeping between 12-17 hours a night

What are the benefits of sleep on your body?

Sleeping the recommended amount is not only beneficial mentally but also physically. It can have a huge impact on your appearance also, especially on your skin, hair and nails.

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Benefits of Sleep for your Skin

The tall tail signs that you aren’t getting a sufficient amount of sleep can become visible on your skin. Your skin will become dry and irritated, show signs of ageing such as wrinkles and may  become more acne prone, leading to more breakouts.

The benefits of a good night’s sleep on your skin can vary from the following:

Fading signs of ageing

Whilst you sleep, the collagen production within your body increases. Collagen helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sagging and any other signs of anti ageing. As we age, our natural production of collagen declines so getting enough sleep, especially as we age, is vital to keeping the skin looking youthful, smooth and healthy.

Decreases risk of acne

A lack of sleep can cause you to become more irritable and stressed, and stress is one of the big contributors to acne. It causes certain hormones to temporarily rise, resulting in oilier skin, creating either new breakouts or inflaming old ones. Sleeping the recommended amount can give your skin enough time to regenerate, preventing any further breakouts and most importantly, decrease your stress levels.

Hydrated & healthy complexion

Whilst we sleep, our body works hard to replenish any moisture that is lost throughout the day. This could be through activities such as exercise or even by simply breathing or urinating. Sleeping more hours and also having a better quality sleep can be a massive contribution in how much moisture your body can produce and maintain.

Sleeping strengthens your skin barrier too. Without enough sleep, your barrier weakens and doesn’t retain any of the moisture your body naturally makes. A strong skin barrier can result in healthy, glowy and radiant skin.

Benefits of Sleep for Nails

Brittle, weak nails

As mentioned earlier, stress can be a symptom of a lack of sleep. With induced stress comes a plethora of problems, but one place you wouldn’t expect it to effect is your nails.

When you are stressed, it becomes difficult for your body to absorb any nutrients it requires. Your nails need various proteins, zinc, iron, biotin and many other elements for them to grow healthy and strong.  Without these, your nails will become very brittle and weak, leading them to snap very easily. They can also ridge more frequently and shed.

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Benefits of Sleep for your Hair


Not only does our skin need a good night’s sleep to rejuvenate and replenish itself, but so does our hair.

Sleep promotes stem cell activity that activates the cells that is required for hair growth. Not sleeping enough can mean that these cells are unable to work efficiently, resulting in weaker hair locks and slower growth. During our sleep, our body also releases hormones that contribute to the growth of hair. Not sleeping sufficiently can diminish the amount of hormones released that will additionally affect your hair growth.

Hair loss

Not sleeping enough hours can play a massive role in hair loss. It can not only trigger temporary hair loss conditions but also trigger any hereditary hair loss that may be common within your family. Just like how our bodies produce hormones that impact hair growth, our bodies also produce a stress hormone called cortisol. When we don’t sleep, our bodies increase the amount of cortisol produced, leading to more stress and resulting in problems such as hair loss.

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