June 23, 2017

Beauty Sleep Is NOT A Myth

20 May 2017, 12:55 | Elizabeth Houston

The findings show beauty sleep is a real thing. Pixabay

The findings show beauty sleep is a real thing.      Pixabay

Using 25 University students, some female and some male, Swedish researchers found that when participants appeared visibly exhausted they were less likely to be approached by strangers or friends. During the following week, they were then asked to limit themselves to only four hours sleep per night for two consecutive days.

The researchers said: "Sleep-deprived individuals look less healthy, and humans, like many other animals, tend to be disease-avoidant".

The study discovered that people started to look more exhausted and unhealthy when their sleep was halved for just two nights. Not only that, but when people were exhausted, they were rated as less attractive and less healthy than when they were well rested.

A couple of bad nights is all it takes to make you look less attractive, a new study has shown.

That's potentially a problem for a lot of people: According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults over the age of 18 need a minimum of seven hours of sleep a night - and many don't get that.

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As IFL Science put it, "basically, when you see someone who looks sick, the last thing you want to do is hang out with them". The photos were rated by 122 people on how much they would like to socialise with participants. After just two nights of not getting enough sleep, there were significant differences in how people were perceived, she points out. The respondents also found the photos of students with sleep deprivation less attractive, compared to the well-rested versions of the same people. "This study is a good reminder of how important sleep is to us". "Most people can cope just fine if they miss out on a bit of sleep now and again".

'We want our partners to be attractive and energetic. "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.

However, statistics show that around 1 in 3 adults in the United States fail to get the recommended minimum of 7 hours of sleep each night.

In even more bad news for poor sleepers, they found that people are less inclined to want to socialize with you if you're exhausted.

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