Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Blinding me with science

A headline in today’s Waikato Times announces that “Beauty sleep is no myth”. Do tell:
The key to looking attractive and healthy is as simple as a good night’s sleep, new research suggests. {. . . ]
Writing online in the British Medical Journal, the team concluded: “Our findings show that sleep-deprived people appear less healthy, attractive and more tired compared with when they are well rested. This suggests that humans are sensitive to sleep­-related facial cues, with potential implications for social and clinical judgments and behaviour.”
Who knew? Nice to have that settled, etc.

The researchers were from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden; they used 23 subjects. Yes, 23. Not convinced yet? Then you may care to read the full text of “Beauty sleep: experimental study on the perceived health and attractiveness of sleep deprived people” here. Inevitably, it calls for further research.

And here, inevitably, is Thomas Dolby:

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