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Does insomnia lead to fine lines and less healthy skin?

It turns out Jennifer Lopez may have been onto something.

Way back in early 2010 I wrote that Jennifer Lopez claims to look 10 years younger than her real age thanks to a solid 8 hours of sleep every night.

Research suggests there could be something to this claim.

According to researchers at the Skin Study Center in Ohio, sleep deprived women are more likely to suffer from premature skin aging and their skin is less able to repair itself after exposure to the sun.

The study involved 60 women aged between 30 and 49. Half weren't getting enough sleep.

Researchers found that women who were sleep deprived had twice the level of sking aging than those who slept well. This meant more fine lines, uneven skin tone and slackening of the skin.

The skin of these women also took longer to recover from sunburn.

Women who weren't getting enough sleep were also more likely to have a negative opinion of their own skin and even their facial appearance.

The study was funded by Estée Lauder - which is ironic when it would appear that if you want to reduce your fine lines and improve the look of your skin, you don't need a cabinet full of creams, liquids and potions.

All you really need is a good night's sleep.

Source: University Hospitals

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Last updated: September 17, 2014

This Article Was Written By

Martin Reed

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  • linh
    September 21, 2014, 1:54 pm

    Hi Martin

    It is true that get 8 hours sleep will improve your skin and overall health, I can see on the mirror When I get a few hours sleep, my face look terrible, bags under my eyes, dark circle that not talk about no energy, bad mood all day.
    Linh in Ricmond, Va

    • Martin Reed
      September 21, 2014, 7:05 pm

      Hello Linh. Quantity of sleep varies between individuals. Quality of sleep is far more important. If you can get 6 hours or more of quality sleep on a regular basis you should notice improvements in your physical and mental health.