Your lack of sleep is making you ugly

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

These changes alter our perception of attractiveness, intelligence and health, according to the study, suggesting beauty sleep could be a real thing.

Conducted by Stockholm University, researchers asked 25 participants to get a good night's rest for two consecutive nights. During the following week, they were then asked to limit themselves to only four hours sleep per night for two consecutive days.

A group of 122 strangers then rated the photos in terms of who they wanted to socialise, attractiveness and health.

The volunteers were perceived to be less healthy-looking, less sociable and less intelligent after half the amount of sleep.

"An unhealthy-looking face, whether due to sleep deprivation or otherwise, might activate disease-avoiding mechanisms in others", researchers from Sweden's Karolinska Institute said. However, researchers tell people they shouldn't worry too much about this. Not only that, but when people were exhausted, they were rated as less attractive and less healthy than when they were well rested.

Those who have restricted sleep are less attractive to others, says a new study.

"If you can see someone hasn't slept, you'll have a good idea that they might not be the best person to be around", she added. They were also asked how likely they would be to socialize with the participants.

Although previous research has shown 31 hours of wakefulness resulted in a less attractive appearance, in everyday life it is more common to experience partial sleep loss, she said. Strangers were also less likely to want to socialise with that person. "Most people can cope just fine if they miss out on a bit of sleep now and again".

But sometimes we forget just how important sleep truly is, and need a little nudge from a different direction.

Furthermore, the study found that people's willingness to socialize with sleep-deprived people was only 2.1 percent less than their willingness to do so with fully rested people. "The reasons for avoiding people who look sleepy may include the fact that sleepy individuals are at a higher risk for accidents, or more prone to be carriers of contagious pathogens, or aspects making them less socially rewarding to be around", the researchers explain. Ensure you sleep well.

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