The researchers took 3-D images of the faces of 20 sleep apnea patients before they began CPAP treatments, and then again after two months of proper use of the CPAP machine as prescribed. They then showed the images to volunteers as well as used computer diagnostic software to look for changes in color.
An overwhelming majority of the volunteers said that the faces post CPAP looked more attractive and more youthful. The reason for this is that sleep deprivation causes puffy eyes, dark pigmentation under the eyes and even wrinkles on the face.
“This may help convince patients to use their CPAP machines on a nightly basis,” study researcher Ronald D. Chervin, M.D., M.S., director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the University of Michigan, said in a statement.
The data backs up a study conducted and published in the journal SLEEP that showed that the faces of sleep deprived people look sadder and less attractive than well-rested faces. So while your CPAP mask may not be attractive, the results of a good nights rest are.