Circadian Rhythm Monitoring Aids Sleep and Skin Rejuvenation
Who doesn’t dream of a good night’s snooze? The endless health benefits resulting from quality sleep are common knowledge. Reducing stress. Boosting cognitive function. Helping the body fight infections. Etc. Etc. But have you thought about what’s actually contributing to those Zzzz’s that promote physical and emotional wellbeing? Circadian rhythm is one factor. And keeping track of said circadian rhythm, or at least understanding the basics of it, supports both sleep—and skin—rejuvenation. Good night’s sleep, beauty sleep…we’ll take it!
In Zac Efron’s recent documentary, Down to Earth, Circadian Rhythm is also mentioned to support sleep and skin rejuvenation.
Circadian Rhythm & Sleep Rejuvenation
Ever notice your energy spikes (and falls) around the same time each day? (Hello, 3 p.m. lull-slash-coffee refill.) According to the National Sleep Foundation, the culprit is circadian rhythm, which dips and rises at various points throughout the day.
What’s more, “The sleepiness we experience during these circadian dips will be less intense if we have had sufficient sleep, and more intense when we are sleep deprived,” the Foundation divulges on its site. “The circadian rhythm also causes us to feel more alert at certain points of the day, even if we have been awake for hours and our sleep/wake restorative process would otherwise make us feel sleepier.”
It tuns out we all need to be exposed to natural light and dark. In other words, light during the day keeps us alert and darkness kicks off our sleep and recovery. It sounds simple, but if our circadian rhythms get out of whack, poor sleep follows.
Overcoming Circadian Rhythm Disrupters
Common circadian rhythm disrupters include jet lag, adolescence and overall lifestyle habits like maintaining long, irregular hours, the National Sleep Foundation says. The good news is you can help alleviate these disturbances for better quality sleep in a few simple steps:
- Bring light into your environment ASAP once morning breaks
- Don an eye mask or utilize jet lag-combating apps like Timeshifter while traveling by airplane
- Dim lights as bedtime approaches
- Try to keep a regular sleep schedule as much as possible – we use our phone’s Bedtime App
Circadian Rhythm & Skin Rejuvenation
And it’s not only important to recognize the role circadian rhythm plays in regards to sleep rejuvenation—it’s also vital to note the effect it has on the replenishment and restoration of one’s skin. In fact, skincare line Circadia has built an entire brand on the latter—i.e., founding its company on the skin and body’s natural circadian rhythms.
“Chronobiology, the biology of time, is based on the principles of defending skin from damage during the day, and stimulating repair during sleep, and is at the core of our concept,” Circadia explains.
Within Circadia’s product collection is cleansers, hydrating creams, serums and peels showcasing ingredients like pure botanicals, stem cell technology, peptides and second-generation vitamins to help the skin repair itself while you sleep. (Tip: Invest in Circadia’s moisturizing Pillowcase and truly embrace your inner Sleeping Beauty.) And when our eyes show our circadian rhythms are out of sync, we love Patchology’s FlashPatch® Rejuvenating Eye Gels, available in the Spafinder shop.