Can nightlights and other sources of light left on during the night affect your sleep cycle and natural cellular regeneration? You bet they can. Exposure to artificial light during nighttime hours will decrease the production of melatonin in your body, secondarily affecting your aging process, your immune system, your stress levels, your cognitive functions, and more. We consistently pamper ourselves with hydrating body lotions, oils to restore elasticity in our skin and concoctions to enhance our beauty – but what about the natural remedies we can incorporate into our daily beauty regimen to improve our skin’s health from the inside out?
Although everlasting youth may be impractical in theory, there are several steps we can take to nurture our skin’s health and improve signs of aging. Sleeping with an eye mask is a simple and effective method of improving the melatonin in our bodies and providing a restorative and adequate sleep cycle. Melatonin produces a number of skin and health benefits, including powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to melatonin’s significant effects on cellular regeneration, melatonin also has the power to affect hormonal imbalances, stress levels and weight control issues. All of these factors contribute to your skin’s overall health and appearance.
By sleeping in an eye mask, you can provide a barrier to artificial light and keep your circadian rhythms in balance. Essentially, as humans, our ‘biological clocks’ respond to outside stimuli such as light and darkness, sending cues to our brain and body to emit certain hormones or stimulate certain functions. Signals of light and darkness tell your brain when to begin secreting melatonin in preparation for your sleep cycle, the body’s natural way of healing and restoring itself. When these signals get crossed, such as with artificial light when you are trying to sleep, your brain gets confused and cues are altered. In response to a confused sleep cycle or light and dark signals, the necessary amount of melatonin is not provided and subsequently, all areas of your health which rely on melatonin are now off balance. Proper cellular regeneration is affected, stress levels become imbalanced, and your immune system is not functioning at an optimized level. The use of an eye mask provides complete darkness, telling your brain unequivocally that it is time for your sleep cycle; thus, sending cues throughout the rest of your body to begin regenerating and healing itself.
While moisturizing body lotions and beauty amplifying products are a must-have, we should all do what we can to improve our skin and health naturally. Although we may be unable to ultimately achieve eternal youth, we can certainly be caught trying!