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Study Finds Link Between Sleep And Perception Of Attractiveness

December 21, 2010 by  

Study finds link between sleep and perception of attractivenessIndividuals who are unhappy about their appearance just might need some more sleep.

According to a study published on the British Medical Journal website, researchers have discovered that the amount of sleep people log can affect their facial appearance and even their attractiveness. The study was led by John Axelsson from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.

A total of 33 people between the ages of 18 to 31 participated in the study. Each individual was photographed in the afternoon following a night of normal sleep and after a night of no sleep. Smokers were excluded from the research and no alcohol consumption was allowed in the day days prior to the experiment.

The collection of photos were then examined by 65 observers, who rated them based on attractiveness and how healthy each individual looked. The observers judged the faces of sleep-deprived participants as less healthy and less attractive.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that adults sleep between seven and nine hours each night. Individuals who want to maintain healthy sleep hygiene should consider sleeping in a quiet, dark and relaxing environment, which is neither too hot nor too cold, according to the CDC. 

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  • TIME

    This seems a tad far fetched to me.

    But then again “I am Beautiful ~ so don’t hate me darlins.”

  • jeanelane

    This is not far fetched. I see it in my own mirror. When I don’t get enough sleep, my skin is more gray, less color. And my eyes are not as bright. No amount of makeup will make up for what your body needs: food, water, sleep.

    What IS goofy is doing a study on this. People keep reminding me how stupid we all are.

    • TIME


      I was just having some fun with a very old commercial from the 1970′s.

  • Alfie

    What a piece of fluff. This observation needed no study by anyone. Everyone knows that any person looks better after a good night’s sleep. Wonder how much the poor Swedes had to pay for such absurd research? Please go after something important: disease cures, Dr. Axelssen!

  • Ron

    Hi all,

    It does make sense that someone who is not lucky enough to be
    great-looking would sleep more..
    Same as when someone is poorly dressed due to being poor..
    or not dating because they are always being taken advantage of…

    Sleeping more all leads back to being depressed in some way.


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