We all know that getting enough sleep is vital for numerous reasons (maintaining a healthy weight and even helping improve cognitive ability), but did you know that sleep deprivation can affect how others view your attractiveness and approachability?
Researchers from the Medical Institutet Karolinska in Stockholm, Sweden found that sleep-deprived partipants were perceived as being less healthy, more tired, and less attractive than those who were well-rested. In the study, one set of participants was photographed after being deprived of sleep for 31 hours, while the other set was photographed after a full night of sleep. These pictures were then given to an unrelated group of individuals who rated their perceived health and attractiveness of the participants.
Researchers also found that sleeping four hours per night was equivalent to not sleeping at all, as those who were sleep deprived looked just as tired as those who hadn’t slept.
So, why not pencil in a few extra zzz’s this weekend!