Not Sleeping Well? People May Avoid You

You splash some water on your face and hope no one notices. "People who look exhausted also look less healthy", she explains. It's not like anyone is going to notice, right?

People who don't get enough sleep look uglier, according to a new study. "Most people can cope just fine if they miss out on a bit of sleep now and again". During the following week, they were then asked to limit themselves to only four hours sleep per night for two consecutive days. In all photos, subjects were makeup free, wore a gray t-shirt and had their hair pulled away from their faces.

Next, the researchers showed the photos to a different set of 122 volunteers they called "raters". They were also asked how likely they would be to socialize with the participants.

The research also found that people might avoid contact with "sleepy-looking" individuals, as a strategy to reduce health risks and poor interactions.

The results showed the strangers were able to capably recognize whether the volunteer had slept poorly and said they would be less willing to socialize with the person they had perceived as less healthy.

"If someone looks exhausted, they look less interested in being with you and as if they would rather be asleep or alone", he said.

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Those who have restricted sleep are less attractive to others, says a new study. They explain that blood flow to the skin is strongly promoted by sleep.

For the study, 25 participants were asked to get a decent night's sleep for two nights in a row.

"For some participants, it was very clear which condition the photo belonged to, and for others, there was virtually no difference between the two", Sundelin said. Two subjects were even rated as more attractive in their sleep-restricted photos.

According to Tina Sundelin, a post-doctoral student at the Karolinska Institutet, coffee and makeup might help a person look more awake.

"An unhealthy-looking face, whether due to sleep deprivation or otherwise, might activate disease-avoiding mechanisms in others", the researchers wrote in the study.

Still, the findings are interesting - if only as a reminder of the many ways that not getting enough sleep can negatively affect your wellbeing, including, apparently, your social wellbeing.

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