It turns out that catching enough zzz’s can make a difference in how others judge your appearance.
According to a study by the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, when observers were shown photographs of the volunteers who had been deprived of sleep, they judged them to be less healthy and less attractive than photographs of the same volunteers taken when they were well-rested.
The differences between tired and fresh faces were not huge, but observers were able to pick up sleep-related facial cues that were identified as being less attractive. According to Dr Axelsson, who was involved in the study published in the Christmas issue of the British Medical Journal, sleep deprivation caused physiological changes which can be seen in the face.
Getting a regular night’s of sleep may just be the cheapest and best way to ensure that you look good in the morning (not exactly what the booming cosmetic industry wants us to hear). Now, if only someone can help fix my insomnia!
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