Beauty sleep is a real thing, researchers find

Health & Fitness Beauty Sleep Is Not Just Something We Read About In Fairy Tales

The researchers found people less willing to socialise with sleep-deprived subjects, whom they also found less healthy and less attractive.

Researchers at the Karolinska Institute asked 25 volunteers to photograph themselves, make-up free, after two full nights' sleep.

The team, led by Dr. Tina Sundelin, asked 25 university students, who volunteered to participate in the experiment, to have two nights of flawless sleep in a row, before having their picture taken.

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Respondents, who were "less inclined to socialize with individuals who had gotten insufficient sleep", even rated the sleep-deprived students less healthy than their well-slept counterparts. "An unhealthy-looking face, whether due to sleep deprivation or otherwise, might activate disease-avoiding mechanisms in others".

Next, the researchers showed the photos to a different set of 122 volunteers they called "raters".

Sundelin and colleagues speculate that the effect of sleep deprivation on skin blood coloration may partly explain why poorly rested adults were rated less attractive and healthy. Or, she adds, it could also be that we tend to assume that people who look exhausted aren't going to be in the mood for socializing.

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A person's attractiveness score generally suffered when they were looking exhausted.

Dr Sundelin said: "These are notable differences and, as such, fair arguments for prioritising a good night's sleep and using other methods to reduce a sleepy appearance before interacting with people". These are small tweaks, but they can help you nab more sleep and change how the world perceives you. Researchers also asked, "How much would you like to socialize with this person in the picture?"

As a result, they were less attractive to potential partners and less likely to be chosen by friends and colleagues to socialise with. Basically, when you see someone who looks sick, the last thing you want to do is hang out with them. If you're struggling to get enough sleep, she recommends stopping work on your phone or computer an hour before bed, keeping your bedroom just for sleeping, and trying to have regular sleep hours.

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You know that it's important to get a good night's sleep, and odds are you probably try to do the best that you can.

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