Beauty sleep is a real thing, according to a new sleep study. In fact, people who miss out on sleep actually look less attractive to others. Furthermore, even just a couple of bad nights can be enough to make a person look ‘significantly uglier’, according to researchers at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute. People with tired faces, dark-circles under their eyes and puffy eyelids were regarded as looking less healthy and less approachable.

The experiment

The researchers showed photographs of the faces of the study volunteers to untrained observers who they didn’t know. The pictures of the volunteers when they had been deprived of sleep, were judged to be less healthy and less attractive, compared with photographs of them when they were well-rested. But the study also found that a sleep deficiency triggered physiological changes which were visible in the face. And, it was discovered that sleep deprivation affected the immune system and increased the risk of developing infections, raised blood pressure and the regulation of glucose became weaker.

Beauty benefits of sleep

Getting plenty of sleep is one of the best beauty aids you can invest in. Here’s why:

  1. Smoother skin: When you sleep, your skin produces new collagen, which helps stop sagging. More collagen will make the skin look and feel plumper, with less chance to wrinkle.
  2. Healthy-looking skin: During sleep, your body boosts the blood flow to the skin, giving you a healthy, radiant glow when you wake.
  3. Brighter eyes: Plenty of rest can help to reduce dark circles under the eyes.
  4. Fuller, healthier hair: A lack of sleep can result in feeling stressed, which increases the cortisol hormone, which can lead to hair loss. In fact, hair loss, breakage, damage, and even growth can all be affected by lack of sleep. Your hair follicles increase in nutrients, vitamins, and minerals from blood flow. But blood flow decreases when we’re short on sleep.
  5. Happier and healthier appearance: People who get enough rest generally have a brighter, happier and healthier appearance. When we are tired we tend to frown more and have red puffy eyes, dark circles, drooping eyelids, and pale skin.
  6. Skin products work better: When you sleep, your skin has the chance to concentrate on repairing itself. During sleep your skin doesn’t have to battle against the sun and free radicals. Blood flow is also more consistent, and this helps your skin benefit from the flesh-repairing ingredients in your beauty products.

Tips for a good night sleep

Here’s a few tips help you get a good night’s sleep and to help you stay looking and feeling fresh and beautiful:

  • Turn all electrical equipment off.
  • Avoid caffeine after lunch.
  • Stick to regular bedtimes.
  • Ensure the room is at the right temperature – not too cold or hot.
  • Bathe before bed.
  • Indulge in a pre-bedtime massage.
  • Visualize a peaceful place, relax and take deep breaths.

If you find that you are getting less than six hours a sleep each night, then it’s probably making a difference to your appearance. Try to start getting between one to three hours sleep a night, and you will likely see some improvement even the next day. If you can keep this up, then within two or three weeks, not only will you feel better but people will notice that you look fresher and healthier and more rested.

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