Published: August 20, 2018 8:00:53 AM
Finding sleep is a problem that many have to deal with. But did you know that sleep deprivation is perhaps a reason why you feel more lonely? A study from the University of California, Berkeley as quoted in a report The Guardian says that sleep problems are related to loneliness; lack of sleep apparently makes people more lonely.
To achieve the result, 18 young adults were tested in two different scenarios after having had an interrupted sleep and after they slept soundly. Then a video clip was recorded in which the degree of separation that they wanted from another person was recorded. It was discovered that when deprived of sleep, they kept others at a distance of up to 60 percent.
In another experiment, about 1,000 people were asked to rate photos – including some who had sleep deprivation – to assess who appeared to be more socially attractive. Photos of those who did not get enough sleep were the lowest. Researchers concluded that alienation caused by sleep deprivation could "trigger the transmission of loneliness"
"We humans are a social species, but sleep deprivation can turn us into social lepers … The less sleep you get, the less you want to interact socially, others see you as socially more disgusting, which can lead to severe social isolation. -impact of sleep loss is even greater.This vicious circle can be a major contributing factor to the public health crisis that is loneliness, "says Matthew Walker, senior author of the study.
Loneliness turns out to be a social epidemic and it is time for us to sit down with it.
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