What is the meaning of being beautiful? Experts are of the opinion that having radiant skin with no fine lines, no dark circles, no droopy corners around the mouth makes us beautiful to the world. That said, a new study by the researchers at Stockholm University in Sweden and published in the journal Sleep , reveals that a bad night’s sleep affects our facial features. It actually makes us ugly.
The study says the faces of sleep deprived individuals were perceived (by the world) as having more hanging eyelids, redder eyes, more swollen eyes, darker circles under the eyes, paler skin, more wrinkles/fine lines and more droopy corners of the mouth. The world perceives these negative reflections on the facial features as Less Beautiful.
Sleep Deprivation Linked to Beauty
Many studies have lined Sleep deprivation to weight gain, gene mutations or genes acting weirdly and making us particularly not sharp. The latest study links the sleep deprivation to Beauty (which may not be that wrong as, Singer Mariah Carey, who is known for her beauty is reported to sleep for 16 hours everyday).
According to the study,
“The ratings of fatigue were related to glazed eyes and to all the cues affected by sleep deprivation. In addition, sleep-deprived individuals looked sadder than after normal sleep, and sadness was related to looking fatigued. The experimental laboratory study involved 40 observers rating 20 facial photographs with respect to fatigue, facial cues and sadness. The stimulus material consisted of 10 individuals photographed at 2.30pm after normal sleep and after 31 hours of sleep deprivation following a night with only five hours of sleep. The results show that sleep deprivation affects features relating to the eyes, mouth, and skin, and that these features function as cues of sleep loss to other people. Because these facial regions are important in the communication between humans, facial cues of sleep deprivation and fatigue may carry social consequences for the sleep deprived individual in everyday life.”
Sleep Deprived Must get Adequate Sleep
Authoritative reports in the area of sleep deprivation, have repeatedly reported that a sizable portion of the world is dangerously sleep deprived, around one third of the world’s population. The reasons for this sleep deprivation are many, such as Sleep Apnea, hyperactive brain, stress, work related pressure, peer pressure etc. One more reason is the inability to accept one’s looks or life. Whatever be the reasons, sleep deprivation affects the overall health of the individual. The Sleep deprived looking less attractive, is just a worldly Symptom.
According to the Study,
“There are far greater health risks for struggling sleepers than just dark circles” .
People need different duration of sleep to remain healthy. Some need 9-10 hours, others manage with just 4 hours. For an average individual 7 Hours of sleep is necessary.
An Important Information About Sleep
When we sleep, we pass through four Types of Sleep. One sleep follows another. To put it simply, each stage makes the ground for the next, so that when we reach the fourth stage, we are in our deepest sleep or sound sleep. In the 4th type of sleep, the one in which we sleep the most soundly, the neuronal activity (brain activity) is at its lowest, the brain’s temperature is also at its lowest, and breathing, heart rate and blood pressure are all reduced. In adults, Stage Four lasts about 35 to 40 minutes during the first sleep cycle of the night; it accounts for 15 to 20 percent of total sleep time in young adults. The muscles still have their tonus, and some movements of the arms, legs and trunk are possible. This is the stage of sleep that accomplishes most of the body’s repair work and from which it is most difficult to wake someone up. This is also the stage of sleep in which children may have episodes of somnambulism (sleepwalking) and night terrors.
The fourth stage in the sleep cycle is the stage when we have dreams. Hence if you dream that much, then maybe you are not getting sound sleep and you should consult a doctor. There are some physiological issues, like obstructive sleep apnea, which make us sleep deprived as well. In this case as well, the doctor’s timely intervention is necessary.
To conclude, some recent studies have revealed that Sleep is a crucial link to avoiding serious long-term health problems. Sleeping for less than six hours a night increases the risk of stroke, heart disease and cardiovascular disorders.
It will make you less beautiful Too!
[From Editor’s Desk: How Do you know whether you are Sleep Deprived or Not? Well, there’s a useful Tip: If you need an Alarm to Get out of Sleep in the morning, then chances are you are not getting adequate Sleep.For Sleep deprived you, sleeping a little bit more may help.You can set the alarm time, half an hour ahead. Keep doing this, till you get up fresh and Happy]