Ever roll out of bed and look in the mirror after a few late nights in a row and just think “Gross?” Unfortunately, you’re right. Everybody thinks you’re gross. According to a study by The Royal Society, acute sleep deprivation and looking tired are related to decreased attractiveness and health, as perceived by others. Researchers took photos of participants after both good and bad nights of sleep, then had those photos rated by strangers, judging the subject’s attractiveness, health, and trustworthiness. The images after bad nights of sleep scored lower on attractiveness and health, as well as the strangers noting they would be less likely to socialize with tired looking individuals. So go take a nap. InsightCity said it’s ok. How much do you sleep?
Turns out there might be somebody to blame when you can’t sleep at night. Snoring partner? Crying baby? Game of Thrones creators for making us wait forever for season 7? Nope, nope, and nope. Your parents. But not because they inflicted irreparable emotional damage by never buying you Legos. It’s because you may have genes that cause sleep issues. Scientists have recently linked two genes with sleeping problems. Research subjects with a mutant FABP7 gene sleep more fitfully at night and those with a CRY1 variant are found to have abnormal circadian rhythms. With more research, hopefully more effective sleep disorder treatments can be developed. Barenaked Ladies asked, “Who Needs Sleep?” Not this guy. He’s good.