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Beauty sleep: experimental study on the perceived health and attractiveness of sleep deprived people

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 15 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6614

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Sleep is must for maintaining health and beauty.

Sleep is one of the physiological processes. It represents one of the
states of mind and can be classified into slow-wave and paradoxical sleep.
Sleep is caused by active inhibitory process. Sleep and wakefulness
alternate with each other. Lack of sleep affects the proper functioning of
CNS. It has been observed that the prolonged wakefulness affects the
thought process and may even cause behavioral problems. A certain time
period of sleep is needed to maintain a balance in the CNS functions [1].
It was interesting to read that sleep history does have a role in
interpersonal perception and judgment [2]. The study conducted by Axelsson
et al has reaffirmed the existence of a correlation between sleep and good
health and also; between attractiveness and health.
There has been an undivided opinion of the practitioners of traditional
systems of medicine (e.g. Ayurveda and Unani) that a certain 'quantum' of
sleep is necessary for the normal balance among the physical, mental and
social well-being of an individual. The adequate sleep is considered to
have an association with looks (beauty), cognitive abilities [3]; and
longevity of the individual. The sleep deprivation will definitely have an
adverse effect on the total health of an individual in the long term.
Beauty cannot remain unaffected in case of sleep deprivation - be it short
-termed or prolonged.


1. Guyton AC, Hall JE. States of Brain Activity--Sleep, Brain Waves,
Epilepsy, Psychoses. In Textbook of Medical Physiology, Eleventh edition
(2006), Elsevier Inc, Pennysylvania, pp. 739-741.

2. Axelsson J, Sundelin T, Ingre M, Van Someren EJW, Olsson A, Lekander M.
Beauty sleep: experimental study on the perceived health and
attractiveness of sleep deprived people. BMJ 2010; 341:c6614.

3. Drummond SPA, Brown GG, Gillin JC, Stricker JL, Wong EC, Buxton RB.
Altered brain response to verbal learning following sleep deprivation.
Nature 2000;403:655-7.

Competing interests: Teaching Pharmacy courses at UG and PG level

20 January 2011
Dr. Shoaib Ahmad
Associate Professor
Rayat & Bahra Institute of Pharmacy, SAHAURAN -140104 (Punjab) INDIA