Sleep is one of the basic biological needs. Without enough sleep we don’t have enough energy for our work, or even at home. Quality sleep affects our behavior, mood, health and our ability to make decisions about food and other habits.

Good sleep can improve the quality of life, soothe your body and soul so they are ready for all challenges.

If you are sleep deprived it is certainly a sign that you need to pay attention to your body’s signals!

Do not underestimate the power and importance of sleep. Your body will naturally regenerate itself during the night, and if you mess up the natural rhythm for several times you will certanly feel many consequences.

These are some of the signs which indicate that you are lacking sleep and that your body needs more rest:

Dry skin. Lack of sleep makes your skin loses its natural elasticity, which is why it becomes dry and irritated.

Fine lines. During sleep your body releases melatonin, a natural antioxidant. If you haven’t had enough sleep, your body will not produce enough antioxidants that will later fight harmful radicals and it will cause wrinkles.

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Pimples. Cortisol, the stress hormone, acts “crazy” when you are tired, and can even cause numerous infections of the skin, such as acne.

Swollen eyelids. As the level of cortisol rises, your body retains water. Since the skin on your eyelids is the thinnest, it is mainly shown on them.

Weight gain. Lack of sleep makes your body releases the hormone ghrelin and this will make you hungry. At the same time it stops the production of leptin, a hormone that tells us when we’re full.

Stop partying so much and rest! Your body will apreciate it!

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is a health advocate, journalist and theologian. He is an outspoken internet activist who has contributed to many magazines and web sites. After years spent in digital marketing and online journalism he became one of the founders and editors at HealthyFitNatural.com. Combining knowledge and research with facts of modern science, Alexander continues to writes about alternative medicine and health benefits of nature. Unlike most writers he strongly believes that there's no magic pill that will lead you to long term health and beauty and that without effort, there can be no gain.

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