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How Dreamy: The Facts of Beauty Sleep
By Ashleigh Beyer, Vapour BlogGirl

"New research published last fall in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine suggests that beauty sleep actually exists."

Hooray! One of my favorite topics and one of my favorite things to do: SLEEP. We’ve all noticed at one time or another how a poor night’s rest can make our eyes look puffy and our face more wrinkly, but does that make the opposite true? When we DO get a good night’s sleep, do we actually look better?

New research published last fall in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine implies that beauty sleep actually exists. University of Michigan sleep researcher Dr. Ronald Chervin teamed up with reconstructive surgeon Dr. Steven Buchman, also from the University of Michigan to measure patients’ faces, before and after undergoing treatment for sleep-apnea. The face measuring device called photogrammetry, can highlight even tiny differences in contours of the face. According to Dr. Buchman “[Photogrammetry] used in this study demonstrates the real relationship between how you look and how you really are doing, from a health perspective.”

The photogrammetry results showed “fewer forehead wrinkles, and less redness over the cheeks and under the eyes, in the post treatment images.” In addition to measuring facial changes with technology, 22 volunteers were asked to rate the images on alertness, youthfulness and attractiveness. “Results of the study show that 68% of the raters characterized the post-treatment images as appearing more alert than before the treatment, while 67% said the images were more attractive, and 64% rated them as more youthful.

It’s no wonder we look better after a good night’s slumber since many healing physiological repairs happen while we’re sleeping. The magical pine cone shaped gland called the pineal gland located in the center of our brain produces melatonin, which is the hormone responsible for helping us to feel sleepy and wakeful respectively and at the appropriate times. In Victoria Stanell’s article, “What’s Your Skin Doing While You Sleep?” she explains that melatonin also “acts like an antioxidant to fight age spots, fine lines and in the worse scenario, skin cancer.” In addition, “A good night’s rest can also increase the efficiency of special growth hormones that repair and regenerate collagen producing cells, which are responsible for the skin’s elasticity and tightness.” Sleep writer Angela Epstein discusses that “during deep sleep, the skin’s metabolic rate speeds up and many of the body’s cell’s show increased production and reduced breakdown of proteins. Since proteins are the building blocks needed for cell growth and for the repair of damage from factors like ultraviolet rays, deep sleep may indeed be beauty sleep.”

Getting a nap in the middle of the day will not substitute these valuable regenerative processes, as the energy used to repair tissue is otherwise occupied during daylight hours. This speaks to the importance of our body’s circadian rhythm, also known as our “body clock.” Our circadian rhythm is a 24 hour cycle that is sensitive to daylight and temperature and regulates many physiological actions such as digestion and again, cell renewal.

All of the research in this field speaks to the importance of deep sleep versus restless or light sleep; hence the importance of calling it “Beauty Sleep” versus “Beauty Rest.” Los Angeles dermatologist Dr. Howard Murad explains, “While cells repair and rebuild at all stages of sleep, the majority of cell turnover and regeneration occurs during deep REM sleep.”

As Cheryl Richardson put so simply in our December Blog, “When you go to sleep and wake up at the same time everyday, you support your body’s adrenal system by keeping your hormones stable and balanced.” Keeping a regular routine around sleeping and waking can be supported by bedtime rituals. Vapour founder Krysia Boinis has great suggestions for a routine that will support a deep Beauty Sleep: 
• Create the ideal sleeping space that is quiet, dark and cool
• Stop using digital media 1 hour before bedtime
• If you use caffeine stop ingesting it 4 hours before bedtime
• Relax before bed with a ritual like: reading, a hot bath or a cup of herbal tea

Krysia agrees that keeping a regular sleep schedule is of utmost importance, although she admits she struggles with it. In addition to creating optimal circumstances before sleep, what happens if you do wake up in the middle of the night is important too. If you get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, it’s best to do so with as little light as possible; bright light can interfere with your circadian rhythm. In addition, it’s important not to snack in the middle of the night unless you’re truly hungry, as digestive processes can also keep you awake.

How dreamy: getting a good night’s sleep not only helps you feel better, it helps you look better. Every now and then, however, a poor night’s rest is unavoidable and for those mornings, Vapour comes to the rescue with Stratus 902 Instant Skin Perfector, which reduces the appearance of redness, wrinkles and pores. What a relief. Happy sleeping everybody!

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On 11/3/2014 Maria wrote:

Wow this article has shed light on something I was wondering about for a long time. I definitely know that a lot of healing is going on while sleeping, but I now have such a greater understanding. Yay ! I cant wait for bed tonight..hehe


On 3/25/2014 Priscilla S. wrote:

The "stop using your digital media one hour before bedtime" tip would be my biggest challenge by far lol

On 3/25/2014 Sarah J. wrote:

Thanks for the article. Very informative!

On 3/25/2014 Anastasiya wrote:

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On 3/25/2014 JANY FRY wrote:

I can sleep anywhere.

On 3/25/2014 Kathie wrote:

I haven't slept like I should for years- its time to start making an effort to get to bed early.

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On 3/25/2014 Bonnie C. wrote:

The info in this article makes total sense to me, the cells in our bodies need time to recover and restore so that they can function optimally. Thanks for sharing this with us! :-)

On 3/25/2014 Mary W. wrote:

Awesome giveaway, thanks!

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On 3/24/2014 Diana Smith Hill wrote:

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On 3/24/2014 Debra Pearlstein wrote:

Thanks for the wonderful tips. I do need beauty sleep. Love Vapour Beauty too!

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On 3/24/2014 RANDI COOK wrote:

I believe it! Cuz I've not been getting mine and it shows!

On 3/24/2014 Eva wrote:

loved the article. I dont have trouble falling asleep but I do have trouble staying asleep

On 3/24/2014 starina wrote:

good luck

On 3/24/2014 Beverly Metcalf wrote:

What a wonderful contest, so many great items. Thanks for the chance to win!

On 3/24/2014 Jo DeLuca wrote:

I found this article to be very informative and usefull.
I need at least 7 hours of restful sleep which is what I try to get on the weekends.

On 3/24/2014 marla king wrote:

i can never get enough sleep

On 3/24/2014 Sheryl Edwards wrote:

I do need some better sleep so I can look and feel better!

On 3/24/2014 Kasey wrote:

Great post! I really need to keep all this in mind. Sometimes it is so hard for me to just stop checking my email or using the computer before bedtime and it makes me more restless. Definitely need to get on a better sleeping schedule!


On 3/24/2014 Ashley Trail wrote:

Thanks, this was a great article!

On 3/24/2014 Saundra McKenzie wrote:

I am going to use some of this advice. I have a terrible time sleeping.

On 3/24/2014 Sharon Siqueiros wrote:

I always feel I look better after a good night's sleep!

On 3/24/2014 Jasmine P wrote:

I loved reading this article! Such interesting information!

On 3/24/2014 Betsy Pauzauskie wrote:

I could definitely use more sleep! Will try! And, thanks for your generosity in the Vapour Giveaway!

On 3/24/2014 Kara wrote:

Lord knows I could use more sleep! Thanks for a chance at a great contest.

On 3/24/2014 Shelley Slider wrote:

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On 3/24/2014 Jennifer Pellicone wrote:

What a great article with a lot of information. I can only feel sorry for my skin! Thanks to my two children, my hours of being asleep and awake are all messed up and sleep deprived I am! This gives me more reasons to sometimes put me first!

On 3/24/2014 Sonya Kunkle wrote:

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On 3/24/2014 Joanna Dawn Smith wrote:

I am totally sleep deprived and thanks so much for the great suggestions!

On 3/24/2014 Christy Peeples DuBois wrote:

I have never read this information before but knew that how much or little sleep I get does effect my facial appearance.

On 3/24/2014 Lulubelle wrote:

Sleep makes a huge difference in how I look and feel! I'm miserable when I suffer from insomnia occasionally.


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I would love to win this sweepstakes. I'm sleep-challenged. Great giveaway!!

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On 3/23/2014 Alice Williams wrote:

I would love to try these products I am definitely sleep challenged.

On 3/23/2014 Maggie wrote:

Love Vapour!

On 3/23/2014 Dina J wrote:

I really need more sleep! Great article!

On 3/23/2014 Niki T. wrote:

My sleeping habits are absolutely terrible. This concerns me even more lol.

On 3/23/2014 Natalie Brown wrote:

I completely believe this! If a person doesn't get enough sleep, they can be puffy & dark circled. Thanks!

On 3/23/2014 Zoey wrote:

Great article!

On 3/23/2014 Stephanie wrote:

So now I can mean it when I tell my husband I need my beauty sleep!?! :)

On 3/23/2014 Marisa wrote:

I need to go to sleep earlier than my usual 3am bedtime.


On 3/23/2014 Heather wrote:

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On 3/23/2014 Kelly @ Leafy Not Beefy wrote:

Oh, love it - sleep is so important for so many reasons - thanks for the reminder. I need to work on the not using media for an hour before bed part.

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On 3/23/2014 Natalia Reynolds wrote:

New to Vapour. Great article, and very true!

On 3/23/2014 Marti McGinnis wrote:

Love Vapour! And I could sue some sleep. For my looks. :)

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On 3/23/2014 Amber Constant wrote:

Adequate hours of sleep is extremely beneficial for health. If you are in good health, your body will show it physically through your skin with a glow! And those occasional blemishes during that time of the month can be covered up with Vapour Makeup! hahaha

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On 3/23/2014 kathy pease wrote:

I have noticed when I do not get enough sleep the underneath of my eyes gets really puffy and looks really bad

On 3/23/2014 Emily S. wrote:

Great article! Getting plenty of sleep is super important to overall health.

On 3/23/2014 Laurie Emerson wrote:

I love this article. I have always believed that there is such a thing as beauty sleep. When I have a good night's sleep I have and look so much better.

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On 3/23/2014 Suzanne Timmsen wrote:

I try to get 7 - 8 hours of sleep.

On 3/23/2014 Kirsten wrote:

Getting a good night's sleep has been an issue for me since I was 11. I have insomnia and seem destined to be a night owl. I realize that I look my best when well-rested so I do try to get a full night's sleep.

On 3/23/2014 Sky evans wrote:

Sleep is so important.

On 3/23/2014 Minna K wrote:

I try to sleep at least 8-9 hours every night. You feel the difference when you have slept well!

On 3/23/2014 lisa wrote:

There is no substitute for sleep!

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Thanks for chance. This is great article

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I can't wait to try these products! ;)

On 3/23/2014 Lorraine wrote:

I need more beauty sleep!

On 3/23/2014 Caroline Gillis wrote:

I love sleeping!

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Winning anything at all would be lovely.
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Would love to win

On 3/23/2014 sheila jenkins wrote:

I never feel like I get enough sleep, ever. I have a bad habit of using the computer right up to bedtime. so maybe disconnecting sooner will help!

On 3/23/2014 Kelsey S wrote:

I used to get enough sleep then my son was born. At three he still does not sleep through the night.
The nights he wakes 2-3 times are the roughest days for me. I have a tough time functioning!

On 3/23/2014 Lauren wrote:

I need at least 7 hours to feel rested

On 3/23/2014 Hesper Fry wrote:

It was interesting to know that taking a nap does not substitute getting a good night's sleep.

On 3/23/2014 Laurie Strawbridge wrote:

Great article! I have hit & miss sleep, will take this advice.

On 3/23/2014 Alesha OliverLane wrote:

I definitely need more sleep, great article!!

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On 3/22/2014 Denise Elliott wrote:

I would just love to sleep for 3 hours straight at a time.

On 3/22/2014 Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly wrote:

As a Lifestyle Blogger it's the no digital devices before bed that gets me every single time!

Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

On 3/22/2014 Julia B. wrote:

I am trying to exercise more; I am an insomniac and the only thing to tire me out is running. I could use a good peel, too... lol

On 3/22/2014 Veronica Gookins wrote:

This makeup looks and sounds amazing. I can't wait to try it. I've gotten really good feedback on it from a girlfriend of mine.

On 3/22/2014 angela meek wrote:

I agree. A good night's sleep is essential for looking refreshed and feeling great which goes a long way for overall health. Thanks!

On 3/22/2014 Dallie Davis wrote:

These are all great suggestions for making a healthy sleep environment. I try to keep to a sleep schedule, have a nightly routine to get my mind and body ready for sleeping aqnd to provide the right environment.

On 3/22/2014 Cindy wrote:

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On 3/22/2014 Heather Curtis wrote:

All great suggestions! And of course, most of this I already knew.. it's the actual taking action and "doing" part that I have the most trouble with. One of these days it'll sink in!

On 3/22/2014 Stephanie wrote:

I would love 2 win these wonderful products Vapour has to offer.

On 3/22/2014 Melanie wrote:

I concur with the last statement. I hope every night I will get a solid night sleep.
However .. If for any reason I do not, I know I am saved in the morning by applying my Instant Skin Perfecter.
Thanks for this awesome giveaway!! Off to get some ZZZs and dream of winning the prize. :)

On 3/22/2014 Susan Smith wrote:

I turn off my electrics and read before I go to bed.

On 3/22/2014 Priscilla S. wrote:

Very interesting article. I do tend to stay up late and that results in rarely getting enough sleep. This article definitely makes me want to work on my sleep schedule!

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Very interesting article. I do tend to stay up late and that results in rarely getting enough sleep. This article definitely makes me want to work on my sleep schedule!

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Many people discount a good night's sleep! Not me! I need at least 8-9 hours per night or my face looks tired. Great post!


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I really like trying new products, especially make up and lotions too!!!!

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On 3/22/2014 Cynthia P wrote:

Digital media before bed . . . . that's my problem!

On 3/22/2014 Carissa Knotts wrote:

Cool, thanks!

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Great giveaway!

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I've had a huge problem with circadian rhythm imbalance and my sleep being disordered. This article was very helpful on proper sleep and its benefits

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I really could use some good body hurts so much,I guess it's my old matress,But,if I win a beauty bag,I could put a ray of sunshine with makeup on my tired face.LOL

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