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Christmas Research – Does Beauty Sleep Work?

By Jiri Kaloc

Can sleep make you look more beautiful? Turns out scientists were just as curious as you! The methodology of any good research has to be proper but the hypothesis can be as silly as you want. So, what does the research on beauty sleep show us?

The results are in

In 2010 a team of researchers from a sleep laboratory in Stockholm studied whether sleep-deprived people are perceived as less healthy, less attractive, and more tired than after a normal night’s sleep. They photographed 46 people after a normal (8-hour) sleep and then after 31 hours of being awake. These photos were rated by 65 untrained observers to reveal whether beauty sleep is a real thing or not. They concluded: “Our findings show that sleep-deprived people appear less healthy, less attractive, and more tired compared with when they are well-rested.”

How does sleep make you more beautiful?

Fewer wrinkles – Skin makes new collagen when you sleep which prevents sagging, more collagen means skin is plumper and less likely to wrinkle.
A glowing complexion – Your body boosts blood flow to the skin while you sleep, which gives you rosy cheeks and a healthy glow.

No dark circles under your eyes – Plenty of rest can also minimize dark circles. When you’re low on sleep, blood isn’t flowing well and it can collect under eyes and become visible in a form of dark circles, since the skin there is so thin.

Fuller hair – Hair follicles gain nutrients from blood flow and since blood flow decreases when you’re short on sleep, hair gets less food, weakens, and has difficulty growing. Lack of sleep can also lead to more stress, which increases the hormone cortisol that is responsible for hair loss.

Happier appearance – Being sleep deprived can cause the corners of your mouth to droop, making you look sadder than after a good night’s rest.

Get your 8 hours every day

Beauty sleep is a real thing so make sure to get your 8 hours every night. And it works best if you go to bed before midnight. If you need, take a nap around noon too. Whatever it takes to look beautiful and handsome during the holidays!