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Seven Lesser Known Consequences Of Lack of Sleep
Written by Dr. Natasha Turner
While sleep deprivation is likely the last thing on your list of New Year's resolutions, you may be surprised to find that it can be the culprit behind some very mysterious symptoms from increased cravings to skin aging. Here are seven reasons to get your sleep back on track that might surprise you.
1. It can make you look older
One of the first things I notice in my patients after we've restored their sleep patterns is that they look remarkably younger and now science backs this observation. Researchers at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center demonstrated that poor sleepers had increased signs of skin aging and slower recovery from a variety of environmental stressors, such as disruption of the skin barrier or ultraviolet (UV) radiation. They also had a worse assessment of their own skin and facial appearance. This quick-trip to aging is likely from the reduced growth hormone and increased cortisol levels that go hand-in-hand with a sleepless night. It turns out that sleep is the foundation of youth, after all.