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From swollen eyelids to droopy frowns, sleep-deprived are seen as 'less attractive'. If you think the term ‘Beauty Rest’ is a bit antiquated, think again—the old-fashioned term has just got some serious credentials thanks to a new medical study in Sweden.

After studying ten people, researchers at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute found that an adequate night’s sleep helps make a person look more attractive. Without sleep participants exhibited drooping eyes and aggravated faces.

Each participant was kept awake for 31 hours, and according to the study, their appearance took a noticeable nosedive as a result. Forty ‘observers’ compared before and after photos of the study’s ten sleep-deprived participants. They noticed that the subjects had developed swollen eyelids, bloodshot eyes, and dark under-eye circles after going without sleep for more than a day.

“We confirmed that sleep deprived people are perceived as more fatigued, less attractive, sadder, and less healthy than when they are rested” researchers wrote in their findings, which were published in the medical journal Sleep. They claim that their study’s results confirm ‘the colloquial notion of beauty sleep.’

 

But more than appearance, sleep deprivation also affected the study participants’ moods. Observers felt that they had developed droopy frowns, which was interpreted as a sign of sadness and mental fatigue. Sundelin says that “sleep loss is indeed related to a negative mood…we also seem to be more emotional in general when we don’t get enough sleep.”

Common Effects Of Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation induces significant reductions in performance and alertness. Reducing your night time sleep by as little as one and a half hours for just one night could result in a reduction of daytime alertness by as much as 32%.

Chronic sleep loss can put you at risk of some serious health problems such as heart disease, heart attack, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes.

Some other common effects of sleep deprivation are a weakened immune system, weight fluctuations, memory loss, decreased sex drive and depression.

How Much Sleep Do We Need

There is a big difference between the amount of sleep you can get by on and the amount you need to function optimally. Just because you're able to operate on seven hours of sleep doesn't mean you wouldn't feel a lot better and get more done if you spent an extra hour or two in bed.

Average Sleep Needs by Age

Newborn to 2 months old 12 - 18 hrs
3 months to 1 year old 14 - 15 hrs
1 to 3 years old 12 - 14 hrs
3 to 5 years old 11 - 13 hrs
5 to 12 years old 10 - 11 hrs
12 to 18 years old 8.5 - 10 hrs
Adults (18+) 7.5 - 9 hrs

 We don’t want to live our lives as ugly forgetful people so spend that extra hour in bed when you need it, experience the benefits of beauty sleep and don’t let yourself undergo the horrendous consequences of sleep deprivation!


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