Sleep: Nature’s Youth Enhancer

So it seems we really do need our “Beauty Sleep” after all. British researchers have found a link between sleep and physical appearance in a study performed by researcher John Axelsson and published in the British Medical Journal (http://www.bmj.com/content/341/bmj.c6614). The researchers took several photos of people before and after sleep deprivation.  They then showed these pictures to random individuals and asked them to rate the people in the pictures on attractiveness.  The study found that the pictures of the sleep deprived individuals were rated as less attractive, less healthy and of course, more tired looking than the pictures of the well-rested individuals.  They concluded that “humans are sensitive to sleep related facial cues, with potential implications for social and clinical judgments and behavior. Studies are warranted for understanding how these effects may affect clinical decision making and can add knowledge with direct implications in a medical context.” From a biological standpoint, it may be a human instinct to be more attracted to healthy individuals because we believe they house a stronger genetic make-up therefore, better mates. Read more...

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