08 November 2013

Woman sleeping man alongsideThe idea of getting your 'beauty sleep' is no myth, according to new research by Swedish scientists. Research showed that people who were kept awake for 31 hours developed droopy, swollen eyelids, bloodshot eyes, and dark circles under their eyes. The effects were judged by independent assessors who compared pictures of 10 people taken before and after their sleep deprivation.In their findings in the journal Sleep, the researchers said: "We confirmed that sleep-deprived people are perceived as more fatigued, less attractive, sadder and less healthy than when they are rested, confirming the colloquial notion of beauty sleep." In time, sleep deprivation can bring the onset of facial wrinkles, and this report confirmed this for the first time. As a result, anyone who has to regularly battle the effects of not getting their full quota of nightly rest might benefit from undergoing Line and Wrinkle treatments to help revitalise their looks. The latest results endorse findings from a 2010 study, in which the leader of the Stockholm research team, Dr Tina Sundelin, also participated. On her latest findings, Dr Sundelin commented: "Since faces contain a lot of information on which humans base their interactions with each other, how fatigued a person appears may affect how others behave towards them." Dr Sundelin and her team's next research will focus on whether a lack of sleep makes people more susceptible to common ailments and general poor health.