It’s a term we use all the time “I need my beauty sleep” and the fact is it’s real and we’re getting it now, more so than over. Hopefully!

You may or may not know this, but beauty sleep is essential for your skin and overall health. When you sleep, not only does your body recharge but your skin does too. A well-rested night in can help your body heal and eliminate toxins from the system and skin, making you wake up healthier, with radiant skin and fueled for the day ahead. When sleep is compromised, you reduce your bodies ability to heal and recover, which can lead to stress, skincare conditions, and puffiness around your eyes and face.

What happens when you get beauty sleep?

The first three hours of sleep our body produces human growth hormones, this hormone is necessary for the maintenance of youthful and radiant skin. Without this, our skin cannot repair from its daily damage and it induces the aging process.

The following two hours is when melatonin is increased. Melatonin is a hormone that is responsible for regulating your sleep patterns and also acts as an antioxidant that helps protect the skin. As our bodies get exposed to more sun throughout the day, the body’s melatonin secretion depletes. And as it gets darker outside, that secretion increases again. Melatonin basically helps maintain the body’s circadian rhythm. Read this to find out how melatonin works in skincare

The final three hours your levels of cortisol (aka the stress hormone) decrease. The skin’s temperature also drops to its lowest point, our muscles relax, and this gives our skin its deepest recovery of the night.

So you see, there’s a reason we need 7-9 hours of sleep per night.