Can Sleep Deprivation Affect Your Appearance?


Have you ever wondered after a night of tossing and turning if anyone might be able to tell how bad last night was?

As it turns out, you probably won’t be able to hide it as much as you hoped you could.

A new study in the journal, Sleepindicates that sleep-deprived faces look unhealthier and unhappier. Complete with redder and more swollen eyes, dark circles beneath the eyes, more wrinkles, and droopier eyelids, sleepy faces looked more weathered than well-rested faces.

“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 toward them,” said study researcher Tina Sundelin, M.Sc., in a statement. The doctoral student in the department of psychology at Stockholm University continued: “This is relevant not only for private social interactions, but also official ones such as with healthcare professionals and in public safety.”

The study involved 10 people who had their pictures taken at 2:30 in the afternoon after eight hours of sleep– which came on the heels of a whopping 31 hours with no sleep. Forty study participants then looked at 20 photographs and critiqued them based on fatigue, sadness and facial cue factors.

Turns out, the photos of the ten people after they were sleep-deprived showed more dark under-eye circles, paler skin, and droopier corners of the mouth. The study participants even said that the people who were sleep-deprived appeared sadder (because they looked tired).

Recently, one study spearheaded by Estée Lauder showed that sleep deprivation can make your skin age at a faster pace, while also lowering its ability to recover from sun exposure.

It’s official: get a good night’s sleep, folks! Your skin will thank you for it.


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