We all know the effect insufficient sleep can have on our looks. It can cause one’s skin to go flaky, bags to appear under one’s eyes, and can even effect metabolism making one gaunt or – in some cases where lack of sleep leads to stress – bloated from overeating.
Celebrities have dished out advice on effective sleeping practices for a long time so I’m going to reveal a classic example of doing it right and throw in some people who have strayed from the healthy amounts, either to their benefit of drastic disadvantage.
Did you know that in the 1920s it was normal for people to sleep for ten hours a night? I guess there wasn’t so much to do back then. These days, doctors recommend that one sleep between 7 and 8 hours, and it’s something J-Lo has taken to heart. “sleep is my weapon,” she said. “I try to get eight hours a night.” She combines her healthy sleeping pattern with ‘Dream Water’ a drink readily available on the internet that has taken the US by storm but is barely known in the UK. It helps one nod off by utilizing a concoction of the chemicals GABA and Melatonin.
TOO MUCH – Looks Good
Mariah Carey has admitted to sleeping for fifteen hours in order to benefit her singing voice. The biological connection between oversleeping and vocal prowess is unproven, but it doesn’t seem to have affected her looks. Oversleeping can be just as bad as under-sleeping, mostly because of dehydration.
Going for fifteen hours without drinking any water will deepen wrinkles, be poor for overall health, and even increase the risk of diabetes for most people. Not Mariah apparently.
TOO LITTLE – Looks Good
Family life has taken its toll on Mr Pitt – sleep becoming something to be coveted. “Everyone is healthy,” he said. “No sleep though. sleep is something you long for, but it’s all right. We’ll get it.” With six children and a career involving extensive travel, it’s no surprise he finds it difficult to catch the Zs. It doesn’t seem to have affected his looks though.
In fact, if you take a look at celebrities around the world you find a lot of people who survive on virtually no sleep but look great. Heath Ledger – before he died of a sleeping pill malfunction – used to get by on two hours a night while working on films.
The Canadian cult-celebrity twins Finn and April Luca reportedly only sleep four hours a night and look like they’re in their early twenties, not their early thirties. Madonna only sleeps four hours a night due to anxiety problems. Maybe there’s something to be said for sleeping less?
TOO LITTLE - Looks Bad
Mean? Maybe. But I couldn’t resist. Old Maggie would only sleep four hours a night and, unfortunately, it showed. The Iron Lady’s pulpy countenance and stress-lined face could have benefitted from some sleep water and a bit of the Mariah Carey treatment. Apparently, she was a terrible singer too