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Everyday habits that are harmful and causing you to age faster than you should.

Most people fear aging, so managing these habits will have a significant impact on your body.

Aging is the most dreaded metamorphosis that we must all confront at some point in our life. That is why, in order to look younger, we resort to costly skincare and beauty products. The average Nigerian woman, for example, spends roughly #100k per month on looks alone, while men spend about #60k during the same time period.

What affects your body and health more than what you spend on beauty products are your daily routines. Here are some harmful everyday practices that cause you to age faster than you should.


You sleep while lying on your side.

Most individuals fall asleep without giving any regard to how they are positioned. It is such a habit that many people don't think about how it affects their health.

Sleeping positions have one of the most powerful effects on your body, especially when done on a regular basis.


According to one study, when people sleep on their sides, the compression of the face causes facial distortion, which leads to the formation of sleep wrinkles over time.


"Sleep wrinkles form as a result of the deformation caused by pressing the face against any sleep surface." These wrinkles tend to grow over time as a result of repetition hastening the aging process."

Another study found that different sleeping positions created varied facial lines, which are a primary cause of wrinkles on the face.

If you've noticed that after sleeping in a sideways posture, you wake up with creases, lines, and wrinkles on your face, this is most certainly one of the key causes of aging on your face. When you sleep on your side, your face is squashed into the pillow, generating wrinkles. Sleeping on your back is a better method to sleep, get a good night's rest, and wake up feeling young.


You're Eating Way Too Much Sugar

You may not realize it, but sugar can cause you to age faster. As a result, it is best to consume it in moderation for optimal health.

In 2013, a team of researchers examined 602 photographs of people with varying blood sugar levels and attempted to guess their ages. They discovered that people with higher sugar levels consistently appeared older.


"Of course, you can't avoid sugar completely. However, if you don't control it, more sugar in your body causes very specific aging effects, such as wrinkles and sagging skin."


This happens as a result of a process known as "glycation."

Sugar is converted into dangerous free radicals during this process, which damages skin cells and accelerates the aging process.

According to the British Journal of Dermatology, this effect becomes more visible in women after the age of 35.


You are depriving yourself of adequate sleep.

Sleep is critical for both the mind and the body. Several studies emphasize the importance of sleep in maintaining our bodies' strength.

However, most people do not get enough sleep. In fact, 35% of American adults say they don't get enough sleep. In other words, they get less than 7 hours of sleep per night.


Nonetheless, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. Failure to meet this standard can hasten aging.


A single night of insufficient sleep can cause cells in the body to age much faster in older adults, according to a study from the University of California.

Poor sleep quality was found to accelerate skin aging in one study commissioned by Estée Lauder.

Dr. Daniel Yarosh, Senior Vice President, Basic Science Research, R&D, at The Estée Lauder Companies, made comment on the findings, saying,

"For the first time, this research shows that poor sleep quality can accelerate signs of skin aging and weaken the skin's ability to repair itself at night."


You're Exposed to Many Electronic Devices

In this day and age, the majority of our work is done online or on mobile devices. For example, 60% of people spend more than six hours per day staring at a digital device. This makes it extremely difficult to avoid all of the blue light in your surroundings. However, studies show that blue light can cause changes in skin cells, such as cell shrinkage and death.

This is why dermatologists warn against prolonged exposure to high energy visible (HEV) light emitted by phones, tablets, or computer screens, as it damages the skin and eventually leads to premature aging.


"Research shows that the blue light emitted by our electronic device penetrates deeper into the skin layers than the sun's UV rays." A single 60-minute exposure is enough to cause skin problems."


Dermatologists believe that spending four eight-hour workdays in front of a computer exposes you to the same amount of energy as spending 20 minutes in the midday sun.

When repeated over time, this exposure to electronic devices, combined with daily sun exposure, can wreak havoc on the body, hastening aging.


Conclusion

Aging is an unavoidable natural process that affects everyone, but you can help to delay it by making the following changes to your daily routine:

Finding a comfortable sleeping position, preferably on your back


Giving up sugar in exchange for more nutritious foods


Getting enough and good quality sleep


Reducing your exposure to electronic devices.


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