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Scientists suggests beauty sleep actually works

By Tim Sandle     Jun 3, 2017 in Science
Stockholm - Beauty sleep appears to be a real thing, according to scientists. A report indicates that those who miss out on the right amount of sleep appear less attractive to others.
Beauty may, according to the much worn cliche, be in the eyes of the beholder. Nonetheless, two or more of bad nights of sleep is sufficient to make a person look "significantly" more ugly, according to a new sleep experiment. The key 'ugliness' factor is the result of the typical dark-circled "panda-like" eyes together with the puffy lids that result from sleep deprivation. The appearance, in the more extreme cases, can put others off socializing with the affected person.
To arrive at these conclusions a psychological study was conducted at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. The study followed an established pattern whereby volunteer subjects (122 people from Stockholm, Sweden) were shown photographs of strangers. The photographs showed people who had slept well and those who had gone through varying stages of insufficient sleep. The overall conclusion was that those who had tired faces were rates as 'less healthy' and they were considered not to be very approachable. This latter part was in response to the question: "How much would you like to socialize with this person in the picture?"
The study is published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, under the title "Negative effects of restricted sleep on facial appearance and social appeal."
Those with the tired faces were made up of 25 university students, a mix of male and some female, who agreed to act as test subjects in the sleep experiment. Commenting on the outcome, Lead researcher Dr Tina Sundelin told the BBC that the reactions make sense in evolutionary terms: "An unhealthy-looking face, whether due to sleep deprivation or otherwise, might activate disease-avoiding mechanisms in others."
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