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Turns out beauty sleep is a real thing, according to science

Prima logo Prima 19/05/2017 Francesca Rice

Turns out beauty sleep is a real thing, according to science © YALE JOEL / Getty Turns out beauty sleep is a real thing, according to science If you always think you look rough after a restless night, you're probably right because scientists have revealed that beauty sleep is a real thing.

That's right – if you haven't slept properly, you appear less attractive to others, the Independent reports.

A team from Stockholm University have concluded that missing out on as little as two hours of sleep can affect how attractive you look. In the experiment, published in the Royal Society Open Science Journal, researchers asked 25 volunteers to rest well for two consecutive nights. A week later, they were then asked to restrict themselves to just four hours of kip for another two nights.

After both sessions, makeup-free photos were taken of the participants and shown to 112 strangers of both sexes, who rated them on a range of factors, including attractiveness, health, trustworthiness and sleepiness.

In bad news for anyone who slept badly last night, it turns out the volunteers were viewed as less attractive after poor sleep. Worse still, bad sleep also seems to affect our social lives because they were considered less trustworthy as well with the strangers saying they would be less willing to hang out with them. Bit harsh...

Apparently, the reason we're so shallow is all down to human instinct. Sleep-deprived people look less healthy and more likely to infect you with a nasty bug, it seems...

'Sleep-deprived individuals also look less healthy, and humans, like many other animals, tend to be disease avoidant,' the team wrote.

'If someone appears to be contagious, others are likely to keep their distance.'

Related: 23 foods you should eat to get a good night's sleep (Provided by INSIDER)

<strong>The INSIDER Summary:</strong><strong>Your diet can impact how well you sleep.</strong><strong>Sleep specialist Dr. Michael Breus told INSIDER which foods and drinks can help promote better sleep. </strong><strong>Examples include beef, salmon, walnuts, tart cherries, and lavender tea.</strong><p><br> From <a href="">having a bubble bath</a> to <a href="">going to bed naked</a>, there are a number of things you can do to get a better night's sleep.</p><p> Even your diet can have an impact on how well you sleep.</p><p> INSIDER spoke to Dr. Michael Breus, a sleep specialist and author of <a href="">"The Sleep Doctor's Diet Plan: Lose Weight Through Better Sleep,"</a> to find out what we should be eating (and drinking) to get a better night's rest.</p><p> Here are 23 foods and drinks that he recommends.</p> 23 foods you should eat to get a good night's sleep


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