Beauty Sleep Not a Myth According to British Study
To test the theory of beauty sleep, doctors in Stockholm enrolled 23 adult participants and photographed them, first after a night of eight hours of sleep and again after sleep deprivation â€“ 31 hours of wakefulness after a night of reduced sleep.
The photos were then shown in a random order to observers who rated the photos. 65 observers rated each of the 46 photographs for factors such as:
The result found subtle differences, but the sleep-deprived participant photos were rated as less healthy, more tired and less attractive than the photos of them after a normal nightâ€™s sleep.
â€œThis suggests that humans are sensitive to sleep related facial cues, with potential implications for social and clinical judgments and behavior,â€ conclude the authors. The study confirms the common belief in beauty sleep. It also demonstrates a link between sleep and good health, the authors report.
In between your skin care routine or cosmetic procedures, donâ€™t overlook the little things that help you look your best, like getting plenty of rest and wearing sunscreen.
To read the full study, visit the BMJ Website