Study: Sleep Deprivation Makes You Unattractive
Sleep deprivation can occur for countless reasons, some biological, some psychological. You’re likely to lie awake at night if you suffer from obesity or enlarged turbinates, but you may also toss and turn in response to stress, depression or anxiety.
Whatever the cause, one thing is for certain: people can tell when you’re tired. A recent article describes an experiment in which a team of Swedish researchers took photographs of subjects when they were alert and again when they were sleep-deprived, and then asked respondents to rate those images across a number of criteria. The findings were clear:
[The researchers] found that people who appear tired are also more likely to be perceived as unhealthy and less attractive. (So, yes, “You look tired” is an unambiguous insult.) The Sweden-based research team published even more specific details in the academic journal Sleep this week to help us sort the inexorable facts on the link between how we sleep and how we appear.
As a sinus surgeon, I see many patients who suffer from poor or interrupted sleep. The most common culprit is obstructive sleep apnea, a disorder in which the airways close during sleep, causing people to awake gasping several times a night. My practice offers a number of excellent surgical procedures to resolve sleep apnea, including nasal septoplasty, turbinate reduction surgery and nasal polyp removal.
Science has laid down the gaunlet: Sleeping well means looking your best. If you’d like to sleep better, I invite you to contact my Beverly Hills sinus surgery offices here.