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What not getting enough sleep does to your face: Expert reveals the shocking reality of what four, six and eight hours of shut-eye looks like - and you might be surprised

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 8/7/2019 Sophie Haslett For Daily Mail Australia

a woman sitting on a bed: Sydney-based sleep expert Olivia Arezzolo (pictured) recently conducted an experiment with FEMAIL to find out just what four, six and eight hours looks like © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Sydney-based sleep expert Olivia Arezzolo (pictured) recently conducted an experiment with FEMAIL to find out just what four, six and eight hours looks like You might think that a bad night's sleep does little more than make you feel slightly groggy the next day and in need of a second cup of coffee.

But in fact, clocking less than the recommended eight hours can actually be detrimental for your skin and overall health.

Sydney-based sleep expert Olivia Arezzolo recently conducted an experiment with FEMAIL to find out just what four, six and eight hours looks like - and the results might surprise you.

a woman smiling for the camera: After eight hours, Olivia (pictured after eight hours) said she felt fresh, energised and ready to go - her pores were tighter and her fine lines were less apparent © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited After eight hours, Olivia (pictured after eight hours) said she felt fresh, energised and ready to go - her pores were tighter and her fine lines were less apparent

AFTER EIGHT HOURS SLEEP

What happens after eight hours sleep?

* You should feel fresher, more energized and ready to go.

* Your pores should feel tighter.

* Your fine lines should be less apparent.

* The color of your complexion should be more consistent.

* You should feel more alert, but also calmer. 

The Sleep Health Foundation recommends the average adult gets between seven and nine hours sleep per night.

But how did Olivia feel after a full eight hours?

"I feel fresh, energized and ready to go - as you can probably tell," Olivia told Daily Mail Australia. "My pores appear tightened, my fine lines seem to have disappeared and the color of my complexion is more consistent."

Olivia said that throughout the day after sleeping eight hours, she felt "alert yet calm" and less stressed than on some of the other days.

This agrees with the sleep research, which found optimal sleep enables collagen synthesis.

"This is responsible for cellular repair, strengthening the endothelium (skin) barrier and reducing signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles," Olivia said. "Basically, this means that for beauty, brains and mood, sleep is your not so secret to feeling and looking your absolute best."

a woman smiling for the camera: The sleep expert (pictured after six hours sleep) said she felt 'more anxious and jumpy than usual' after six hours of sleep - she said events during the day bothered her more than usual © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The sleep expert (pictured after six hours sleep) said she felt 'more anxious and jumpy than usual' after six hours of sleep - she said events during the day bothered her more than usual

AFTER SIX HOURS SLEEP

What happens after six hours sleep? 

* Your skin might appear slightly duller than usual.

* Your eyes might feel less clear.

* You might feel more anxious and jumpy than usual.

* You might be more bothered by events throughout the day.

* You are 45 percent more likely to get wrinkles and fine lines if you sleep six hours rather than eight.

* You might experience a 20 percent drop in self esteem. 

The following night, Olivia said she tried just six hours sleep - which had an interesting impact on her face.

"Fortunately, my ideal sleep length is between seven and seven and a half hours, so six hours of shut-eye wasn't that far off," Olivia said. "I did note that my skin appeared slightly duller than usual, and my eyes didn't feel as clear either."

Mentally, the sleep expert said she felt "more anxious and jumpy than usual."

"Events during the day bothered my more than usual too," she said.

Again, this tallies with the sleep research, which found that you are 45 percent more likely to get wrinkles and fine lines if you sleep six hours rather than eight.

"The researchers also noted a 20 percent drop in self esteem when you sleep for just six hours, and you might feel 33 percent less attractive too," she said.

a person taking a selfie: 'Looking in the mirror, my eyes are red, my skin is oilier than usual and newly-emerging spots tell me this is definitely not a good idea,' Olivia (pictured after four hours sleep) said © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'Looking in the mirror, my eyes are red, my skin is oilier than usual and newly-emerging spots tell me this is definitely not a good idea,' Olivia (pictured after four hours sleep) said

AFTER FOUR HOURS SLEEP

What happens after four hours sleep?

* You might feel groggy, exhausted and wired.

* You will not feel rested.

* Your skin might be oilier than usual.

* You might see newly-emerging pimples.

* You will have stronger eye bags.

* You will have a 30 percent reduced recovery of your skin barrier.

* You will have less smooth and lackluster, lifeless skin.

* You will have more signs of intrinsic aging, such as wrinkles.

* You will have a 37 percent increase in the stress hormone cortisol. 

Finally, Olivia said she spent the last night having just four hours of sleep.

"Waking up, I feel groggy, exhausted and wired all at the same time - my body does not feel rested at all," Olivia said. "Looking in the mirror, my eyes are red, my skin is oilier than usual and newly-emerging spots tell me this is definitely not a good idea. And the eye bags? They seemed a new shade of blue."

According to research, anyone who sleeps less than five hours per night has a 30 percent reduced recovery of their skin barrier.

"This lessens smoothness and leads to lackluster, lifeless skin," Olivia said. "Researchers also found that those sleeping five hours had more signs of intrinsic aging, such as wrinkles - and they were less satisfied with their appearance."

Finally, she said researchers found that people who have just one night of four hours sleep get a 37 percent increase in the stress hormone cortisol. This leads to feelings of anxiety, mood swings, depression and burnout.

"This explains my bad mood," Olivia said. 

Slideshow: 15 things that make it harder to sleep as you get older (Provided by Cheapism) 


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