Sleep Deprivation Linked To Skin Aging

| July 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Susan Bowen for – Your Universe Online

Physician-Scientists at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center found in a recent study that poor sleepers have increased signs of skin aging and recover more slowly when their skin is stressed.

Among the stressors tested were disruptions of the skin barrier and ultraviolet radiation. The study, commissioned by Estee Lauder, also noted that poor sleepers had a worse assessment of their own skin and facial appearance.

The research team, led by Primary Investigator Elma Baron, MD, presented their data this spring at the International Investigative Dermatology Meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland. In explaining the importance of the study Dr. Baron said, “Insufficient sleep has become a worldwide epidemic. While chronic sleep deprivation has been linked to medical problems such as obesity, diabetes, cancer and immune deficiency, its effects on skin function have previously been unknown.”

Knowing that sleep quality is vital to the growth and renewal of the body’s immune and physiological systems, the researchers wanted to determine if skin function and appearance were also impacted.

They found statistically significant differences. Poor sleepers showed increased signs of intrinsic skin aging, including fine lines, uneven pigmentation, slackening of skin and reduced elasticity. They found no significant differences between the groups in signs caused mainly by sun exposure such as course wrinkles and sunburn freckles.

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