We all joke about needing our beauty sleep sometimes, but according to new research, it may be no laughing matter after all. In fact, the whole concept of "beauty sleep" may be more real than some of us have ever realized.
According to a new study published in the Royal Society Open Science journal, people who miss out on sleep do appear less attractive to others. Even getting just a couple nights of bad sleep can be enough to make a person look "significantly" more ugly than a person who is well-rested.
The experiment, which involved measuring the nighttime movements of 25 university students, were asked to get a good night's sleep for two days in a row. Then, the next week, they were asked to restrict themselves to just a 4-hour shuteye for two consecutive days. The researchers took makeup-free photos of all the students after three sessions.
And the response from 122 strangers reviewing the pictures was revealing, to say the least.
Not only were they able to pick up on whether or not the people were tired, they marked the exhausted-looking faces much further down on the attractiveness level. On top of that, the strangers also said they would be less likely to socialize with the sleepy faces than the alert ones—rating the former as "less healthy" and "less approachable."
However, lead researcher Dr. Tina Sundelin said, "I don't want to worry people or make them lose sleep over these findings though. Most people can cope just fine if they miss out on a bit of sleep now and again."
Well, we don't know about you, but we think this beauty sleep study is a perfect excuse to catch some extra Z's tonight!