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lack of sleep

Beauty sleep is a real thing, researchers find

I used to dismiss “beauty sleep” as and old wives tale, but it turns out this tale has a lot of truth to it.

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“Telling someone they look tired says more about your perception of them than you might think,” the study starts. Image credits: Pixabay.

A couple of bad nights is all it takes to make you look less attractive, a new study has shown. Researchers recruited 25 university students, both male and female, to participate in a sleep experiment. They were given a kit to measure their night time movements, to check how long they have slept. They were asked to get two good nights’ sleep, and then two bad nights of sleep (maximum 4 hours).

Next, they asked 122 participants to look at photos of the participants and rate them in terms of attractiveness, health, sleepiness and trustworthiness. They were also asked how likely they would be to socialize with the participants. As it turns out, not getting enough sleep made participants score worse on all counts.

Basically, the less sleep participants got, the less attractive and healthy they appeared. To make things worse, it also seems that people are much more likely to avoid contact with people who look sleep-deprived. The study writes:

“The importance of assessing evolutionarily relevant social cues suggests that humans should be sensitive to others’ sleep history, as this may indicate something about their health as well as their capacity for social interaction. Recent findings show that acute sleep deprivation and looking tired are related to decreased attractiveness and health, as perceived by others. This suggests that one might also avoid contact with sleep-deprived, or sleepy-looking, individuals, as a strategy to reduce health risk and poor interactions.”

This makes a lot of sense in evolutionary terms. Basically, if you look more tired, you also look more unhealthy, and this might trigger some diseases-avoiding reactions in others — which would explain why people would avoid socializing with sleep-deprived people.

So as far as attractiveness is concerned, beauty sleep should be making a resurgence. However, researchers tell people they shouldn’t worry too much about this. Lead researcher Dr Tina Sundelin explained:

“I don’t want to worry people or make them lose sleep over these findings though. Most people can cope just fine if they miss out on a bit of sleep now and again.”

The study was well-received in the community. Dr Gayle Brewer, a psychology expert at the University of Liverpool and member of the British Psychological Society added that the study seems to make a lot of sense, as most of our attractiveness estimations are done unconsciously.

“Judgement of attractiveness is often unconscious, but we all do it, and we are able to pick up on even small cues like whether someone looks tired or unhealthy. We want our partners to be attractive and energetic. This study is a good reminder of how important sleep is to us.”

Journal Reference: Tina Sundelin, Mats Lekander, Kimmo Sorjonen, John Axelsson — Negative effects of restricted sleep on facial appearance and social appeal. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.160918

Water is Life !

The Power of Water: Are you drinking enough?

 

Water is Life !

Water is Life !

Water makes up the major fluid supporting our bodily systems and is important to your overall health. Drinking water improves your complexion, feeds your hair, hydrates your vision, and so much more. Throughout the day you lose hydration through sweat, urine, stool, breathing, and caloric metabolism. Those losses are accelerated in warmer climates, during exercise, at high altitudes, and in older adults therefore it is important to equal your intake of water with your output.

Body Fluid Maintenance

Drink water

Drink water

Your body is made up of about 60% water that helps in the function of digestion, absorption circulation, lubrication, nutrient transport, and body temperature maintenance. When you are low on fluids your body triggers a mechanism in your posterior pituitary gland that tells you, “Hey you are thirsty now.” When you get this message, you feel thirsty and you seek out something to drink. Water is the best source to rehydrate your body but tea, coffee, juices, and milk are also good resources. Depending on your level of hydration, water will give you the greatest relief compared to sugary options.

Calorie Control

For years people have been substituting water for other options in order to lose more weight. Water is a zero calorie, no fat, no carbs, and no sodium drink that will rehydrate your body. When you cut back on your danger zones of eating and increase your exercise you are working your metabolism harder. Since you are drinking more water, you are decreasing your caloric intakes and improving the fluid levels in your body. This is essential to healthy weight loss.

Muscle Energy

Muscle Energy

Muscle Energy

 

For your muscles to covert the fuel in your body to energy they need an equal balance of fluids. When there is not enough water in your body, then your electrolyte levels become unbalanced which can result in muscle fatigue. You can see this in athletes when they push themselves hard to perform and they just collapse from muscle exhaustion or cramping. Drinking the proper amount of fluids keeps your body hydrated and lubricated so that you can continue to perform at your best. According the toe American College of Sports Medicine the body needs at least 17 ounces of fluid 2 hours before physical activity with regular rehydration during activity.

Healthy Skin

Drinking Water

Drinking Water

The more water you drink, the healthier your skin will be. As the protective barrier for all other parts of your body, the skin needs hydration. When you are dehydrated your body wrinkles more and becomes critically dry. To prevent this wrinkling and dryness, you need more water in your diet. Moisturisers, which often have a water base, will also help with hydration and provide an extra barrier against any damage.

How Much?

The old rule was 8 glasses of water per day, but new research says this might not necessarily be true. While we still need a healthy serving of water, it may not be 8 glasses. First you can consume a healthy supply of water through water-rich fruits and vegetables such as melons, citrus, celery, and many others. The Institute of Medicines reports that men need about 3 liters of water while women require about 2.2 liters but these numbers include total beverages in a day and water-rich foods. So the next time you feel thirsty, reach for a tall glass of water, your body will thank you.

You can can help make changes to your home and working environment at home you could get some instant cold filtered water systems to keep to motivated by drinking great tasting water. At work you could install water coolers from water coolers direct to keep the office hydrated. The water cooler is a great addition to keeping the work force healthy and active.

 

 

 

Good looking people more money

Beautiful people earn $250,000 extra on average

Good looking people more moneyIt’s generally known that people of above-average physical looks are at a greater social advantage than people of average or sub-average appearance. Beautiful people are known to be more successful, happier and more financially fulfilled. Regarding the last part, there’s always been a controversy regarding the economics behind this kind of superficial advantage.

Renowned economist Daniel Hamermesh of University of Texas at Austin, decided to explore the concept and provide an insightful view upon the correlation between one’s physical appearance and income in his recently published book, Beauty Pays.

“In economic terms, beauty is scarce. People distinguish themselves and pay attention to beauty,” Hamermesh says. “Most of us want to look better so we can make more money. Companies realize that hiring better-looking people helps in various ways. In every market, whether it’s jobs or marriage, beauty matters.”

In the most comprehensive study of its kind to date, Hamermesh gathered and correlated date from both his own research and that of numerous other scientists to paint an accurate picture of the economics behind beauty. Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder, however much of the populace can generally agree upon what can be considered attractive.

After stabilizing the countless factors to the closest nominal denominator, like studying people of similar background and education, but of different physical appearances, Hamermesh was able to assert some palpable claims. He found that the best-looking one-third of the population makes 5 percent more money than average-looking people and 10 to 12 percent more than the worst-looking people. This doesn’t mean that better looking people automatically get a bigger salary, but just a direct consequence of the fact that beautiful people have an easier time scoring better paying jobs or advancing up the social ladder. Connections quite probably represent the most important asset in the business environment and a good looking individual will generally manage to do better social-wise.

One of the economist’s leading claim, and maybe most evidence to the financial contribution physical appearance has, is that the best looking people earn an extra $250,000, on average, during their careers than the least attractive people and are more likely to remain employed, get promoted, and even secure loans.

Surprisingly enough, beauty affects the earnings of men in the labor market more than women, since apparently women have more options outside the workforce. Beautiful women are statistically known to marry high earning men, an economic factor which contributes to the documented trend that good-looking people are happier.

This doesn’t mean however that people of average or sub-average appearance are miserable or don’t succeed in life, Hamermesh says.

“Take advantage of other things: brains, brawn, personality,” he says. “This is the economic theory of ‘comparative advantage.’ You work off the things you’re good at and if looks isn’t one of them, you try to de-stress that.”

‘Beauty Machine’ turns average into knockout

Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, or at least that’s what we used to hear as kids from our parents. Well, scientists say our parents were wrong; after creating a computer that recognizes attractivenes in women , now they managed to create the world’s first beauty machine. While this machine can’t (yet) make you a knockout, it can make a picture of you be way more beautiful.

Researchers at Tel Aviv University invented this machine that turns pictures of average people into something that could twist the mind of many. Despite the fact that currently it works just in digital format, as it is developed it could guide plastic surgeons and even become a feature incorporated in cameras.

“Beauty, contrary to what most people think, is not simply in the eye of the beholder,” says lead researcher Prof. Daniel Cohen-Or of the Blavatnik School of Computer Sciences at Tel Aviv University. With the aid of computers, attractiveness can be objectified and boiled down to a function of mathematical distances or ratios, he says. This function is the basis for his beauty machine.

“We’ve run the faces of people like Brigitte Bardot and Woody Allen through the machine and most people are very unhappy with the results,” he admits. “But in unfamiliar faces, most would agree the output is better.” Prof. Cohen-Or now plans on developing the beauty machine further — to add the third dimension of depth.

Computer recognizes attractiveness in women

beautyIt’s said that even though computer have so much processing power, it some ways, it can never even get close to interpreting information like the human brain does. But is that really so?

Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, right? Right ?! The thing is that according to scientists at Tel Aviv University, the beholder doesn’t have to be human.

Amit Kagian, an M.Sc. graduate from the TAU School of Computer Sciences, has successfully “taught” a computer how to understand and process the factors which contribute to attractiveness in women. Aside from this being the modern equivalent of “mirror mirror on the wall” and all the vanity that could come from it, this program also has some practical importance, which lies in the fact that this is a significant breakthrough in creating artificial intelligence in computers.

“Until now, computers have been taught how to identify basic facial characteristics, such as the difference between a woman and a man, and even to detect facial expressions,” says Kagian. “But our software lets a computer make an aesthetic judgment. Linked to sentiments and abstract thought processes, humans can make a judgment, but they usually don’t understand how they arrived at their conclusions.”

The computer takes into consideration into its analyss factors such as symmetry, smoothness of the skin and hair color. In the first step 30 men and women were presented with 100 different faces of Caucasian women, roughly of the same age, and were asked to judge the beauty of each face. But the idea that beauty can be reduced to binary data is not new at all; actually it dates back to ancient Greece. Pythagoras reasoned that features of physical objects corresponding to the “golden ratio” were considered most attractive.