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How does poor sleep affect my appearance?

The trouble with running up sleep shortages day after day is that it may not be physically possible to make up the loss. What’s more, when sleep is skimpy, your cortisol levels don’t drop as much as they’re supposed to at night, and growth hormone doesn’t rise as much as it should, undermining muscle strength. You need a daily dose of growth hormone, which gets secreted during deep sleep, to refresh your cells and prepare you for the next day. It not only stimulates cellular growth and reproduction, but it also has strong anti-inflammatory, anti-fat, and anti-cortisol effects—all good things for beauty (not to mention weight loss!).

From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.

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