8 Habits That Speed Up the Aging Process

smoking speeds up the aging process

5. Neglecting Your Sleep

When we were little, many of us refused to take a good nap when our parents urged us to. Now that we are adults, we often crave one, yet don’t have the time to sleep! However, it is extremely important to make sure that you get enough sleep at night. One of the most common misconceptions about the lack of sleep is that it will only create dark circles under your eyes. While it is true that not getting proper sleep does make you look very tired, the real dangers of sleep deprivation go far beyond the aesthetic. On average, a healthy adult should sleep around seven hours per night in order to stay mentally alert the next day. If you do not get enough sleep, you will likely feel tired and sluggish the whole day, and you will also tend to eat more than you normally would.

6. Not Using Sunscreen

Another common mistake many of us tend to make is not using sunscreen that protects us against dangerous UVB rays. While many women rely on makeup for sun protection (and most foundations do have low a sun-protection factor), it is extremely important to use sunscreen as well in order to prevent enlarged pores, brown spots and fine lines.

7. Smoking

Smoking is another highly unhealthy habit that will undoubtedly speed up the aging process. Long-term smoking can cause your teeth to become yellow, it will wreak havoc on your skin and cause many fine wrinkles, and of course it also increases the risk for cancer (especially mouth and lung cancer). Besides this, it is also well known that smoking increases the risk for heart disease.

8. Lack of Regular Sex

Enjoying sex with your partner is more than just getting the physical satisfaction we crave. As a matter of fact, sex is an amazing natural antidepressant that can elevate your mood instantly, not to mention that numerous studies have also revealed that those who have a normal and balanced sex life also tend to be healthier. Simply put, sex triggers the release of endorphins and other essential chemicals in your body that will improve the function of your immune system, lower stress and also reduce the risk for certain types of cancer.

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