Beauty Sleep. Do you have it? Do you even need it?
Beauty sleep is a term that’s more commonly associated with women.
It’s the idea that the more rest one gets, the more attractive he looks.
When it comes to the connection of sleep and attractiveness, it’s worth asking these questions:
- Is “beauty sleep” effective in increasing one’s level of attractiveness?
- Can men benefit from “beauty sleep” as well?
Here’s the bottom line- There is actual scientific evidence that both women AND men look their best after they have had a good night’s sleep!
A study published in the 2010 in the British Medical Journal that focused on the relationship between sleep and attractiveness found the following:
- Participants of the study who were sleep deprived and asked to take a photo with a neutral, relaxed, expression were found to look less healthy, less attractive and more tired.
- In comparison, the same participants who got a good night’s sleep and asked to take a photo were rated as healthier and more attractive.
Another study conducted in 2013 and published in the journal Sleep reported the following:
- Participants were photographed either after getting a good 8-hour night of sleep or a 31-hour period of sleep deprivation.
- The sleep-deprived photographs were rated seen as more fatigued with hanging eyelids, redder and swollen eyes, had dark circles, more wrinkles, paler skin, a droopier mouth and looked sadder.
What does all of this information tell you?
Its simple really- if you want to look healthier and more attractive, you need to sleep. Coffee, energy drinks and even cosmetics cannot hide a night of sleep deprivation.
Make sure to get a good night’s sleep before:
- A job interview
- An important meeting
- A “big” first date
- A major presentation
While you’re at it, refrain from drinking too much alcohol and energy drinks the day before. Avoid cramming and general worrying.
Prepare for the big event ahead of time and you will be fine.
For more than a few men, the problem lies in figuring out how to get a good night’s rest. Below are 5 tips in order to get a good night’s sleep:
1. Impose a no gadgets rule in bed
Having too many tech toys and gadgets in the bedroom makes your mind associate the space with productivity and not rest.
Train your brain to associate the bed with sleep by making it a no gadgets zone.
Charge laptops, mobile phones and other electronics in another room.
It is also a good idea to keep the TV out of the bedroom.
2. Do not exercise at least three hours before bedtime
While exercise can improve sleep quality, exercising too close to bedtime may stimulate the body to produce more adrenaline instead of relaxing it.
3. Limit caffeine intake 6 hours before bedtime
Most of us are familiar with the relationship of caffeine and sleep. Basically the more caffeine the body has the more difficult it will be for it to rest.
The recommended time to lay off caffeine is at least 6 hours before bedtime.
This means avoiding coffee, energy drinks, soda as well as substances with nicotine.
4. Take a second look at the quality of your mattress
A recent study showed that a whopping 47% of people lose at least 3 hours of sleep a night because they are disrupted by their partner’s tossing and turning.
If this is the case in your home, it may be time to look for a new mattress.
Your bed must be big enough and stable enough that you do not feel disturbed despite your partner’s movements.
5. Set your body clock
Going to bed and waking up at about the same time every day is a natural way of putting the body through a great and effective sleep-wake cycle.
Allowing the body to get used to this will ensure better quality of sleep in time.
Take note that setting a body clock includes weekends.
Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday.
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