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  • Beauty Benefits of Power Napping

  • Posted by Kamala on July 19, 2011 at 05:58PM
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  • Sleep is one of the most essential -- yet most overlooked -- basic human needs. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 63 percent of Americans get less than the recommended eight hours of sleep at night.

  • We've all skimped on our sleep (whether it's due to a bachelorette weekend in Vegas or those late-night re-runs of "Entourage"). But continuously missing precious hours of shut-eye can add up quickly, and next thing you know you're spending part of every paycheck on eye creams that don't always fix those dark circles.

  • The good news? Taking a daily nap can help reverse the damage done when you don't get enough sleep, and it turns out there are some serious beauty benefits of power napping, says Dr. Sara Mednick, author of "Take a Nap! Change Your Life." Here are a few:

  • You'll Have Better Skin

  • Next time you find yourself craving that afternoon cup of coffee, reach for the pillow instead. Dr. Mednick says that a daily nap for just 20 minutes will regenerate skin cells, helping skin look clear, even, and flawless. Lack of sleep can result in puffy eyes, acne, and those dreaded dark circles. If you're willing to invest just 20 minutes a day, you will be one step closer to a perfect complexion.

  • You'll Look Younger

  • Power naps give your skin the boost it needs to function right, and sleep deprivation can lead to earlier signs of aging, including wrinkles, fine lines, and crow's feet. According to Dr. Mednick, napping has restorative benefits: While you sleep, your body produces proteins that repair damage caused by the stress and UV rays that take a toll on your skin, leaving it looking dull and dehydrated.

  • You'll Lose Weight Effortlessly

  • Stanford University sleep researcher Emmanuel Mignot says that sleep is an important part of weight control. Lack of sleep raises ghrelin levels in the stomach, which are the hormones responsible for appetite stimulation. Napping also increases energy, making you more likely to hit the gym than the kitchen when you get home from work.

  • Still need convincing? Here's some math motivation: Manage to sneak in one 20-minute nap a day and it'll add up to 10 extra hours of sleep a month!

  • Next: See how to look like you slept 8 hours after those all-nighters.

  • Member Comments

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    • I have difficulty falling asleep at night, and it's even harder during the day. I'd love to be able to take cat-naps in the afternoon!

      by Jewelrydesigner Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 10:39AM Report as inappropriate

    • I wish I coul take a cat nap like that. Usually I sleep for an hour or more and wake up feeling groggy, but if it make me look good I will definitely try it out.

      by beautybody Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 10:39PM Report as inappropriate

    • I power nap for 15-20 minutes every day- love it! :)

      by queenofthegreen Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 09:19AM Report as inappropriate

    • I wish I could power nap for 20 minutes... It takes me almost that long to fall asleep :(

      by LipglossandSpandex Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 12:38AM Report as inappropriate

    • loved this article/post

      by beautyGodmade88 Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 07:08PM Report as inappropriate

    • I love a good nap!

      by MissPurple Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 10:01AM Report as inappropriate

    • I LOVE napping:) Maybe I'll have one just now:))

      by selma Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 09:26AM Report as inappropriate

    • Clear, flawless skin? Guess who's taking a nap everyday after school! :D

      by lanigaga Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 07:13AM Report as inappropriate

    • Beauty Sleep is serious and we lose twice as much water from our skin at night. This is the time when the skin rejuvenates. Sleep lines are the number two cause of facial wrinkles. Be sure to sleep on bedding like Dreamskin that wicks away excess moisture and does not pull moisture from your skin. It will moisturize naturally without chemcials to retain the moisture in your skin leaving it softer and rejuventated.

      by DreamSkinlab Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 12:03PM Report as inappropriate

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