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Feelings of Loneliness Linked to Lack of Sleep

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  • A tipoff that you’re not sleeping enough is frequently feeling emotionally off-kilter or struggling with a short fuse. You’ll have better success at managing your emotions when getting a sufficient amount of sleep
  • Recent research suggests even the emotion of loneliness may be tied to lack of sleep; the more sleep deprived you are, the less social you become, and others pick up on the cue that you want to be left alone
  • People who struggle with loneliness also tend to have trouble sleeping. For each one-point increase on the UCLA loneliness scale, you are 8 percent more likely to experience some sort of sleep disruption
  • The epidemic of loneliness eclipses sleep deprivation, with half of Americans reporting feeling lonely. The loneliest are young adults between the ages of 18 and 22
  • Eighteen to 22-year-olds also rate their health the lowest, which correlates with science linking loneliness with a greater risk for obesity, heart disease, anxiety, dementia and reduced life span

By Dr. Mercola

Lack of sleep has been scientifically linked to a wide array of health problems — including obesity, high blood pressure and heart problems — and has been identified as a public health epidemic by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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