Study Says Beauty Sleep is Bona Fide

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When someone says “You look tired”, they might as well be saying “You look ugly”. A new study from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden now confirms the “beauty sleep” theory.

23 people were photographed twice; once after they slept for 8 hours, then again after they slept for 5 hours and were kept awake for 24 hours. The photos were then rated by 65 observers. All of the sleep-deprived participants' photos were described as unhealthy and unattractive.

Researcher John Axelsson was inspired to conduct the study by his young daughter who was watching the classic animated film Sleeping Beauty. “My daughter asked me, why is the sleeping beauty so beautiful? Is it because she sleeps a lot?” Axelsson recalled. “As a scientist, I couldn't answer, so I had to do a study.”

While consumers spend millions each year on creams and lotions to make skin appear younger and healthier, it’s really sleep that’s most successful. “Sleep is the body’s natural beauty treatment,” says Axelsson. “It’s probably more effective than any other treatment you could buy.”

Next his research team will attempt to discover whether an occasional short night of sleep will have similar effects.

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