Is sleep the cure to ageing?

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So you skipped a few hours sleep last night. Survived the day drinking coffee and matchsticks for your eyes. You got through the day...and did it again! Lack of sleep really does take it's toll on your body. Whilst regular sleep is good for the heart and general brain/body renewal, lack of sleep actually does age you. 

Everyone knows that as adults we require at least 7-8 hours per night. Just think about the quality of your sleep next time you look in the mirror. Your eyes are the first tell sign. Have you got rings around them or dark circles? Next it's the elasticity of your skin. When you pinch it, does it rebound straight away or is there a delay? Can you see wrinkles that are becoming deeper day by day. One could argue that this is a process of natural ageing but sleep does help.


A recent clinical trial showed that sleep deprivation could age your skin faster. Scientists at the University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center suggested that people who were sleep deprived showed increased signs of increased skin aging. Poor sleepers also had reduced facial appearance and assessment of their skin rather than subjects who had enjoyed a good night’s rest. 

Researchers from Duke-Nus Graduate Medical School in Singapore, concluded that older adults who slept less than seven hours per day were more likely to develop neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. Subjects who slept even fewer hours showed signs of rapid aging, such as larger lateral brain ventricles on either side of the cerebral cortex, which are markers for cognitive decline.


The facts show that more you deprive yourself of good quality sleep the more tired you will look, the less healthy and less attractive you will feel. So how do we get good quality sleep? Here are some top tips:

  • Make sure the bedroom is dark and away from bright light- this will help trigger your natural melatonin.
  • Do not drink caffeinated drinks after 3pm, as this can massively contribute to a lack of sleep.
  • Find a comfortable mattress for you that makes your heels, back of the head, and spine rest well.
  • Go to bed at a fixed time. Set your alarm for the same time each day, including weekends, to train yourself to develop a regular sleep-wake rhythm.
  • Have a warm bath and a warm drink an hour before bed. Keep the temperature of your room between 18-20 degrees. Your body will cool down during the initial sleep phase that helps you fall asleep naturally.
  • Open your windows prior to bedtime so that you have a clean supply of 'fresh air' in the room.
  • Make sure you wash your bedsheets regularly so that you don't become itchy and uncomfortable.

For some it is easier said than done. In a world where we check our mobile phones before we go to bed, watch too much television and when we have periods of inactivity, sat at home all day or in an office, this too can lead to bouts of insomnia. Our brains are buzzing with information overload. We may spend our time worrying about things that seem out of our control. Sometimes the pressures of our jobs stop us sleeping when we want to. Do you feel like this? Being stuck in the rat race, with mounting demands and expectations can cause us to burn the midnight oil. There is a way to get out of it. Running an online business from your laptop can give you the time freedom to decide when you want to sleep. Take away the worry and becoming self accountable can actually help you. Then you can spend more time looking after yourself and your health. We don't want to age before our time. Sleep deprivation is no joke- it can make you forgetful, depressed and cause you to become moody during the day. We want to be able to enjoy our lives more. To find out more subscribe here on how to start your own online business. Decide when and where you want to work from.Visit my website today: and or subscribe here for your 7 day video series. Many teachers, doctors, lawyers, nurses and shift workers are joining everyday. You can do this at any age although people with life experience are better off doing this. Then you can share your existing skills to promote your own business. You don't even have to have your own products and services because you get commissions from selling other people's services. This business system shows you how to do all this and more.


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