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New Research says "Beauty Sleep" Really Works -- Sept.18, 2013

Getting a good night’s sleep can make you look better and feel better about yourself.  And now medical research confirms there really is such a thing as “beauty sleep."

In a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 20 adults with obstructive sleep apnea - a condition linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, depression and stroke – were treated using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy.

CPAP therapy requires patients to wear a face mask while they sleep in order to open their airway. The treatment can help relieve snoring, improve alertness and lower blood pressure.

In order to measure the attractiveness of the patients, researchers used a system known as "photogrammetry" to capture 3D photos both before and two months after each patient underwent CPAP therapy. The volume and color of patients’ faces was analyzed using computer software and the “before” and “after” photos of each patient were also rated for measures of attractiveness by 22 volunteers.


  • 68% said patients looked more alert after treatment
  • 67% noted that they appeared more attractive
  • 64% characterized them as more youthful

Furthermore, the computer software analysis indicated a decrease in volume in the patients’ faces and less redness in the eyes and cheeks after undergoing CPAP therapy.

Researchers hope their study will encourage patients to receive treatment for sleep apnea – and stick with it.  


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