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Better sleep affects how you look, says study

Getting in your beauty sleep in order to look good is more than just a myth according to new research.

The study - by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) - looked at how sleep deprivation affected features relating to the eyes, mouth and skin.

It established sleep deprived individuals were seen as having more hanging eyelids, redder and more swollen eyes, fine lines around the eyes, paler skin and droopier corners around the mouth.

Lead author Tina Sundelin said: “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.”

She added that their findings are not only relevant for private social interactions, but also for health care professionals and public safety.

The research involved 40 women with an average age of 25 looking at 20 facial photographs and rating them on how they looked with regards to fatigue, sadness and ten facial cues. The 20 photographs comprised of ten separate subjects; with photographs taken once after a night of eight hours of healthy sleep, and another after the subject had suffered 31 hours of sleep deprivation.

Oxygen-enriched air is a useful aid to help combat trouble sleeping and low energy. In the US, the AASM reports 30 per cent of Americans regularly get insufficient sleep.

Those who are sleep deprived also look sadder - which people then associate with looking fatigued - according to the research.

The news comes after a recent study commissioned by Estee Lauder, which found that sleep quality had a direct impact on skin function and ageing.

Poor quality sleepers were also significantly more likely to have a higher body mass index. A lack of sleep was also attributed to the body’s ability to repair itself.

The AASM study - which was conducted at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden - has been published in the September issue of the journal Sleep.ADNFCR-2960-ID-801633014-ADNFCR

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