We’ve all been told (probably by our mothers) that it’s important to get your beauty rest. But, is there really any truth to this or was that Mom tactics for trying to get us to go to bed!!
Well, it turns out that some Swedish scientists have found that Mom was right and there is truth to this myth and they have the evidence to prove it.
The study was set out to find out specifically how others judge our attractiveness and health after a healthy night sleep versus sleep deprivation. There were 23 participants in the study, all between the ages of 18 and 31, and they were photographed after getting a full 8 hours of sleep and again when limited to 5 hours of sleep followed by 31 hours of sleep deprivation. The scientists then asked a group of untrained observers to rate the photographs based on the appearance of healthiness, attractiveness and overall tiredness. The observers were not told any information about the pictures but simply asked to rate them based on their opinion of the 3 areas of study.
“Our findings show that sleep-deprived people appear less healthy, less attractive and more tired compared with when they are well rested,” wrote the researchers. “This suggests that humans are sensitive to sleep-related facial cues.”
We do know that long term sleep deprivation takes a heavy toll on our body’s, minds and looks but this is the first study to research the short term effects of sleep deprivation.
So, get some sleep and go from rough to ravishing!
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