Study: Loneliness Impacts Sleep

November 1, 2011 by staff 

Study: Loneliness Impacts Sleep, Solitude can be damaging to a person’s sleep and health, according to a new study. The researchers examined the levels of loneliness and sleep quality among the 95 adults in rural South Dakota. None of the participants of social isolation, but those who had higher scores of loneliness due to perceived feelings of being “just” woke up more often during the night and be deemed to what the authors of the study called fragmented sleep.

There was no connection between loneliness and the total amount of sleep or the level of daytime sleepiness, the researchers noted.

The results, published in the November 1 issue of the journal Sleep, suggest that sleep fragmentation may be one of a number of ways in which loneliness can damage health, say researchers.

“Loneliness has been associated with adverse health effects,” lead author Lianne Kurin, the department of health studies at the University of Chicago, said in a news release from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

“We wanted to explore a potential route for this, the theory that the dream – a key to staying healthy behavior -. could be compromised by feelings of loneliness What we found was that loneliness does not seem to change the total amount of sleep in individuals but wake up several times during the night, “Kurin said.

“Whether you’re a young student at a major university or an older adult living in a rural community, we can all be dependent on a sense of security in our social environment in order to sleep well,” he said.

This type of research can improve “understanding of how social and psychological factors” get under the skin and affect health, “Kurin said.

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