Bad sleep makes you ugly

Bad sleep makes you ugly

The study published by Royal Society Open Science Journal suggests that those who do not get a proper night's sleep appear less attractive to those around them.

The team, lead by Dr Tina Sundelin, found that strangers were good at assessing how exhausted a person was, and that they rated the sleepy set of photographs as less attractive than the photos of the same people when they were well-rested.

They were also asked if they would like to socialise with the person in the photo, the "Los Angeles Times" reported.

"If someone looks less healthy, you are more likely to withdraw from them", Tina Sundelin, doctor and lead researcher at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, told The Guardian.

122 volunteers (65 women, 57 men) aged between 18 to 65 were then asked how much they would like to socialize with the person in the photo.

But Kimberly Fenn, an associate professor of psychology at Michigan State University, who was not involved in the study, tells Yahoo Beauty that she's not shocked by the study findings. And the fact that one might want to avoid contact with a "sleep-deprived, or sleepy-looking individuals" is a strategy that makes sense, evolutionary speaking, the researchers explain, since "an unhealthy-looking face, whether due to sleep deprivation or otherwise" signals a health risk.

A recent study has found that beauty sleep is no myth, according to The Independent. "This is a clear illustration that reduced sleep may also have serious social consequences". "People who look exhausted also look less healthy", she explains. Besides, it doesn't really matter if you look exhausted, you tell yourself.

The researchers reckon that our exhausted faces make people think we're less healthy.

The study authors found that overall, raters were less willing to socialize with tired-looking subjects compared with those who were well rested.

You know the drill: You haven't had a good night's sleep for a few days and now you don't like what you see in the mirror - puffy eyelids, dark circles, sallow skin. These are small tweaks, but they can help you nab more sleep and change how the world perceives you.