Scientists have found that sleep has a lot to do with how attractive or unattractive one can actually look.
A 2013 study by researchers at the University of Michigan have found that quality sleep, which isn’t interrupted by heavy snoring, irregular breathing and sleep apnea can make one look younger and more attractive.
The researchers claim that they are the first to use a precise, scientific face-measuring system called photogrammetry to objectively measure the youthfulness and attractiveness of 20 patients who underwent treatment for sleep apnea.
The researchers found that as the patients began to recover from sleep apnea, they gradually became more attractive.
According to researcher, Dr. Ronald Chervin, director of the University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Center; “We perceived that our [sleep apnea] patients often looked better, or reported that they’d been told they looked better, after treatment,”
“But no one has ever actually studied this.” He said.
Dr Chervin teamed up with a reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Steven Buchman, also of the University of Michigan, to use photogrammetry to take an array of images of the patients under identical conditions before and after treatment.
According to Dr Buchman; “The technology used in this study demonstrates the real relationship between how you look and how you really are doing, from a health perspective.”
The researchers however revealed that the research was small and limited but it shows how important seeking treatment for sleep disorders and also having a good night sleep are.
Also, a research by Swedish researchers found that a lack of sleep could actually make one less attractive.
The researchers photographed 25 people; once after sleeping for 8 hours and the other after 4 hours of sleep.
40 people then judged the photos based on looks and how likely they would chat the person up. It would interest you to note that people weren’t too willing to socialize with the ones who lacked sleep.
Can we really say our lack of quality sleep or an abundance of it can affect our looks?