Studies show that lack of sleep plays a role in early facial ageing and in the production of collagen that protects and renews skin.
A study analysed the impact of sleep on early facial ageing. Facial measurements were taken to verify the presence of indicative factors of early facial aging such as dark circles and wrinkles.
The recruits, 60 females with an average age of 22, made up of an equal number of mouth breathers and nose breathers. Researchers concluded: “In the study there was a higher indication of early facial aging for the group of mouth breathers.” (Aline Cabral de Oliveira-Barreto et al., 2008)
When the mouth is open for long periods, as during sleep, it causes dehydration. As we age it gets worse because the muscle tone that keeps the jaw and lips closed diminishes over time, causing habitual mouth breathing during sleep. As a result, the skin around the jaw gets saggy and becomes creased.
During sleep, the body boosts the production of Human Growth Hormone, an essential ingredient for collagen production and to keep your skin healthy and youthful. But chronic sleep deprivation produces higher levels of the stress hormone Cortisol, which can interfere with collagen production, as a recent study revealed: “Poor sleep alters your skin’s ability to synthesize collagen”. (Kadler, K. Nature Cell Biology, 2020)
Mouth breathing disrupts your sleep more than anything except stress. (GSK Study, 2015). Sleep disruptions result in less time spent in deep, restorative sleep where the body repairs itself.
sleepQ+ will help you maintain nasal breathing right through the night, so you sleep without interruptions and wake up happier knowing your face is not ageing prematurely.
Updated 30 October 2020