What does "Spuren der kurzen Nacht" mean?

Found here:

Rund um den Deutschen Steuerberatertag bringen wir Sie und Ihr Team aber nicht nur fachlich und organisatorisch in Bestform – auch körperlich werden Sie gefordert: Joggen am Morgen, Tanzen am Abend, Yoga gegen die Spuren der kurzen Nacht.

I have checked Duden, Oxford and Collins - both under Spur and Nacht, but couldn't find this usage.

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    I see no special context here. Collins provides Spuren hinterlassen (fig) to leave one’s/its mark
    – guidot
    Jul 23, 2020 at 12:44

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It means the negative effects ('traces') of not having enough sleep. The relevant definition of 'Spur' is #2 in Duden:

  1. von einer äußeren Einwirkung zeugende [sichtbare] Veränderung an etwas, Anzeichen für einen in der Vergangenheit liegenden Vorgang, Zustand
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    Maybe "marks" is a better translation than "traces" in this context.
    – RHa
    Jul 17, 2020 at 14:57

It means it's clearly visible (mostly in your eyes, face) and maybe because you're a little dizzy because your night was short (often implies partying, alcohol and more).

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