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Lack of Sleep Affects How Others See You

You know how lack of sleep can make you feel and may agree that you don’t always look your best when you don’t get enough shut-eye. Now a study from Stockholm University has found that lack of sleep also affects how others view you and may even put you at a disadvantage when you’re looking for a job. Researcher Tina Sundelin, Ph.D. reported that sleep deprived people are often perceived as less energetic, less healthy, and less attractive than others, and that some individuals are less willing to spend time with a person who looks tired. She also found that looking tired presents a risk of being unsuccessful finding a job. Dr. Sundelin conducted four different studies in which she showed photographs of people who had obtained varying amounts of sleep to others who assessed them for attractiveness, health, reliability, leadership, employability, and how much they wanted to spend time with the person in the photo. When someone in the photos looked tired, they were viewed more negatively and rated lower than when the same individual looked alert. The study concluded that, especially given how others may view you, getting adequate sleep is more important than postponing bedtime to do work, watch TV or spend time online.