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The solution - Beauty sleep…

By: Mina
December 21, 2017
Beauty sleep is a real thing. And you know it is! Especially once someone asks you if you’re feeling OK even though you’re feeling absolutely fine. Or even worse, your make-up is done and someone would still say, “you look…tired” – basically meaning you look like 💩 …thanks👍🏽But, according to researchers, it’s proven that people who miss out on sleep do appear less attractive to others. And the thing is 40% of the UK’s population don’t get good quality sleep. So, does that mean 40% of us are unattractive and unhealthy? 😅
Well, researchers asked 25 university students to take part in this experiment and see whether beauty sleep is a real thing. They were given a kit that would measure their night’s sleep and to basically check that they had not cheated and slept when they should not have – sounds like torture 😂 What they had to do was, get a good night’s sleep for 2 nights in a row and then a week later they were asked to restrict themselves to only 4 hours sleep per night for TWO NIGHTS IN A ROW – I bet you’re tired even reading this 😴 They took (make-up free) photos of the volunteers after the good and bad night’s sleep and asked 122 strangers to rate them on attractiveness, health, sleepiness and trustworthiness. One of the questions asked was “how much would you like to socialise with this person in the picture?” Their attractiveness score was pretty low 😳 and the strangers said they would be less willing to socialise with the tired, “unhealthy” looking students. Embarrassing, right? It makes sense though, if you met someone and they looked unhealthy, you would automatically relate it to an illness or diseases and stay away to prevent getting ill yourself. Whereas if someone looks energetic and fit, they will hold more appeal – we are quite vain species, aren’t we? We unconsciously judge people’s attractiveness which is quite bad, but we all do it by picking up on really small details, like whether someone looks tired or unhealthy. So, this study is a really good reminder of how important sleep is to us.
Getting enough sleep won’t only energise you and make you look better; it could also help control how much you eat. If you’ve taken the step to eating better, exercising regularly and drinking more water but still don’t see any results; one of the reasons for this could be due to the lack of quality sleep you are having. Think about it, when you’re tired and at work and you need a boost to get through the day, what do you go to? You don’t even have to think about it, do you? Chocolate, cookies, crisps – anything junk food related.
Just to give you guys a little bit of insight, there are 2 hormones that help control your hunger which are affected by sleep. One of them stimulates your appetite whilst the other one decreases it. So, when you’re really tired the hormone that accelerates your hunger spikes up! Hence the midnight snacking 👀
Another simple reason as to why we may eat more is because we spend less time in bed which gives us more hours of the day to eat! Preventing overeating, as well as obesity, starts with creating a healthy bedtime routine. To manage your weight and how much food you consume, aim to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. Plus, give yourself enough time in bed to get 7-9 hours of sleep – this is obviously depending on your work life.
It might sound like a boring life style, but I’m not saying that you should plan every second of the day and night and stick to it religiously. Of course, life’s obstacles hit you in the face and instead of doing what you wanted to do you have to change your plans. But the days which you know you can plan, do it. A routine will help you to get better sleep, eat better, look better and achieve better results. Have a look at my store to see how you can organise your days better and prepare yourself for the weeks to come. Plus, who doesn’t love a little bit of online shopping 🙊
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About the author

Mina is one of RwL’s PTs and our Marketing & Social Media Manager.

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