The Beauty of Beauty Sleep!

December 21, 2017
Lucy Mecklenburgh

Did you know that beauty sleep is a real thing?!

According to some studies; people who miss out on sleep can appear less attractive to others. Apparently, a staggering 40% of the UK’s population don’t get good quality sleep. So, does that mean that 40% of us are unattractive and unhealthy? 😅

A research study was conducted where 25 university students were asked to take part in an experiment and see whether beauty sleep is a real thing. They were given sleep monitors and were told to 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 ill or unhealthy, you would sometimes assume they have an illness like a cold or the flu, and opt to not get too close for fear if catching a bug yourself. Whereas, if someone looks energetic and fit, they will hold more appeal.


The human race is naturally quite vain species. We unconsciously judge people’s attractiveness which relates back to the cave man days where we chose our partners for their hunter, protector and breeding attractiveness.

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.

There are 2 hormones that help to 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, and we're 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.


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Lucy Mecklenburgh
Found & Fitness Guru

Lucy founded Results with Lucy to help ladies transform their health & lives. 

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