Could having a good night's sleep impact how we look and feel?

KYW Staff
February 06, 2020 - 4:00 am
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For centuries, people have talked about the advantages of "beauty sleep," but these comments have been made without scientific support. 

Now, researchers from the University of Manchester have explained for the first time why having a good night's sleep could benefit how we look and feel. 

The study in mice and published in Nature Cell Biology shows how the body clock mechanism boosts our ability to maintain our bodies when we are most active. 

The researchers say the impact of sleep can be seen in collagen. Collagen provides the body with structure and is our most abundant protein, ensuring the integrity, elasticity and strength of the body's connective tissue. 

According to the report, increasing quality sleep helps the collagen fibers and our overall appearance.