Are you frequently cranky and emotional or just feel off kilter? Do you feel lonely and isolated from your friends and family? The answer may not be what you think. Many people suffer from a lack of good, quality sleep, and according to new research out of UC Berkley, lack of sleep makes you feel lonely and socially less attractive. They also found that you can pass these feelings on to others in less than 60 seconds, causing others to avoid being around you.
Lack of sleep has been linked to a wide array of health issues including obesity, high blood pressure, and heart problems. Sleep deprivation also alters the production of hormones, lowering the secretion of thyroid stimulating hormone and increasing levels of cortisol. Now scientists are learning that sleep deprivation can cause many more problems than previously thought.
The study at UC Berkley suggests that when we haven’t had good restful sleep, we tend to isolate ourselves because we don’t feel up to being social. This is linked to increased feelings of loneliness. We don’t do this consciously; it happens at an unconscious level. When we’re tired and feeling lonely, the brains of the people we come in contact with tend to pick up on these signals and it warns them to stay away, increasing our feelings of isolation even more. We are literally giving off a stay-away signal to the people around us.
According to Matthew Walker, the senior author of the study, “sleep deprivation can turn us into social lepers.” The more sleep deprived you are, the less social you become, and others pick up on this cue that you want to be alone. It becomes a vicious cycle because people who struggle with loneliness tend to have trouble sleeping as well, so the two problems feed on each other.
What can we do to change the cycle and improve not only the quality of sleep, but our social lives as well? Your chief goal should be to get more pillow time. Set a consistent sleep schedule that has you in bed at the same time each night and consistently waking up at the same time each morning. If you can wake up each morning before your alarm goes off, you’re probably getting enough sleep. The amount of sleep you need varies per individual, but in general as adults we need seven to nine hours of sleep each night. If you’re not getting enough sleep and you find you can’t get up in the morning without at least one alarm—or two or three!—you may want to remediate your sleep habits by:
For the easiest and probably most natural way to get the healthy, restorative sleep you need, we recommend regular BrainTapping, including a morning wake-up session and a bedtime Healthy Sleep Habits session. BrainTapping produces the relaxation response, which re-balances your brainwave activity, helping you to sleep deeply and awaken ready to tackle anything your day may throw at you. Many people report experiencing more restful sleep after BrainTapping just once, and reports of feeling more energized and having more meaningful social relationships with friends and family is common.
If you’re feeling a bit lonely or just generally tired and anxious throughout the day, sleep deprivation may be the culprit. Try the above suggestions and soon you’ll find yourself happier and healthier, and your heart will thank you as well! Try BrainTap for FREE today!
Elevate your mind: Subscribe to our newsletter for insights on brain health, cutting-edge research updates, and personalized session suggestions to help you unleash your ultimate potential!