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Today’s News Of The Obvious – Exhaustion Makes You Less Attractive

shutterstock_122653693__1377962086_142.196.167.223Hey new moms and dads! Do you find yourself looking in the mirror and saying things like, “ugh, I look like shit” a lot? Well, you are correct! You do look like shit because exhaustion makes us all uglier, a new study confirms.

From The Huffington Post:

“Since faces contain a lot of information on which humans base their interactions with each other, how fatigued a person appears may affect how others behave toward them,” study researcher Tina Sundelin, M.Sc., a doctoral student in the department of psychology at Stockholm University in Sweden, said in a statement. “This is relevant not only for private social interactions, but also official ones such as with health care professionals and in public safety.”

Well-rested people are more attractive, says the most obvious study ever conducted, ever. Is it really necessary to pour salt in the wound? I know after I’ve spent the night waking to feed my infant every hour and a half I’m not looking my best. In fact, I’m not anticipating that the dark circles are going to leave my new-mom face until my daughter is at least a year old. It’s why I spend so much money on concealer, but apparently I’m not fooling anyone.

The study was conducted on 10 people who had photographs taken of them at 2:30 pm after eight hours of sleep and then again after 31 hours of no sleep. Ha! Could there be a more obvious study? I’d like to conduct a study of my own. First, I will take a week off of parenting to cruise to Jamaica and spend my days getting full body massages and drinking daiquiris. Then I will single-handedly parent my infant and toddler for a week with no help, whatsoever. At the end of each week, we will do a stress test to see how long it takes me to tell someone to fuck off. Do you think I can get funding for this?

“The study participants also said that the people who were sleep-deprived looked sadder because they looked tired.” Thanks for clearing something up for all of us; being a new parent is really great but nobody can tell because we all look deceptively sad and ugly all the time.

(photo: Sylvie Bouchard/ Shutterstock)

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  • Tara

    Haha! Seriously. Obvious study is obvious. I remember standing in front of the mirror shortly after my first was born, trying to scrub off what I thought was the remains of the previous days makeup. Imagine my horror when I realized that, no, that wasn’t make up, just dark circles from all the sleep I wasn’t getting.

    • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

      Oh my god – I’ve done that!!!

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  • Boots

    On the other hand, one could say that rest is the most powerful beauty tool (after water) and that we can slather ourselves in $400 shark placenta serums that won’t make us more attractive than just a night of sleep.

    • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

      YES.