Is there such a thing as beauty sleep?

July 3rd, 2018

The secret to looking your best? A good night’s sleep!

We’ve all heard of the term ‘getting your beauty sleep’ and it turns out that having a good night’s rest is every bit as important as diet, fitness and what’s in your makeup bag in order to look and feel good.

With A-Listers such as Jennifer Lopez and Mariah Carey advocating sleep as their number one beauty secret, new research we conducted with more than 1,000 people discovered that this well-worn phrase is somewhat more of a sleep truth, than sleep myth.

Our nationwide study aimed to find out more about the UK’s sleeping habits, and whether there really is a link between a good night’s sleep and an improved physical appearance.

The research revealed that more than half of people (60%) believe that the quality of sleep they get has a positive effect on their physical appearance, with the majority of those who enjoy good quality sleep claiming to have experienced a number of physical benefits including brighter eyes (42%), a better complexion (21%) and clearer skin (20%).

The study also discovered that people who achieve an average of 9 hours and 10 minutes good quality sleep each night (going to bed at 9:45 pm and ensuring their alarms are set for 6:55 am) are most likely to report the most positive benefits to their physical appearance. Great news for those who like to catch an early night!

What benefits are there?

So, what do we notice when we get a good night’s kip? According to the study many people experienced:

  • Improved overall demeanour (44%)
  • Brighter eyes (42%)
  • Brighter complexion (21%)
  • Clearer skin (20%)
  • Fewer wrinkles (17%)
  • Improved skin condition (11%)

And when it comes to sleep as a ‘beauty aid’, it appears people did recognise the importance of this essential activity. Those questioned rated it as the second most important factor in looking good, coming above exercise, fashion, and even make up and grooming, with diet being the only factor they believed had a greater impact on their appearance.

Let's hear it for the girls

Neil Robinson, our resident sleep expert, said: “Many of us strive to look and feel good and spend a large amount of money trying to do so. However, we seem to forget that achieving a better night’s sleep can positively impact our overall appearance, without having to break the bank.

With this in mind, it’s important to consider the quality of sleep you are getting and doing everything possible to create an environment which makes quality sleep more likely. This could include investing in a comfortable and supportive bed, creating a calm and quiet sleeping environment, or implementing a regular pre-sleep routine."

Do you find that your sleep patterns affect your appearance? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Head over to our social channels and let us know!