To look beautiful – go to sleep!
If you want to look attractive and healthy, the best thing you can do is get a good night’s sleep, the results of a new study indicate.
According to Swedish researchers, their findings mean that for the first time, there is scientific backing for the concept of beauty sleep.
They investigated the relationship between sleep and perceptions of attractiveness and health. They insisted that such research is important in today’s 24-hour society, particularly as the number of people suffering from sleep disorders and disturbed sleep is on the rise.
The study involved 23 people aged between 18 and 31. Each person was photographed between 2pm and 3pm on two occasions, once after normal sleep and once after being deprived of sleep.
Smokers were excluded from the research and no alcohol was allowed for two days prior to the experiment.
The photographs were taken in a well lit room and the distance to the camera was fixed. During both photography sessions, participants wore no make-up, had their hair loose (combed back if they had long hair) and underwent similar cleaning or shaving procedures.
They were asked to have a relaxed, neutral facial expression for both photos.
Sixty-five observers, who were blinded to the sleep status of the participants, rated the photographs for attractiveness and whether the individuals looked healthy/unhealthy or tired/not tired.
According to the researchers from the Karolinska Institute, the observers judged the faces of sleep deprived participants as less healthy, less attractive and more tired.
The team concluded that the facial signals of sleep deprived people affect facial appearance and judgments of attractiveness, health and tiredness.
Details of these findings are published in the British Medical Journal
In summary – who needs to go to the expense of face lifts, Botox or facial Therapy when all you have to do is go to sleep?!
This is also important information for all those Job Seekers out there who are attending interviews – it has been noted the difference between a job seeker turning up for an interview tired and those who get a good nights sleep before their interview.