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Study reveals importance of getting more sleep for overall health

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  • 16 days ago

Loneliness is a common feeling that many people experience at some point in their lives. According to a 2024 American Psychiatric Association poll, about 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. reported feeling lonely at least once a week over the past year. However, recent research suggests that improving sleep health may be a surprising way to alleviate feelings of loneliness.

A study conducted in June analyzed the relationship between sleep health and loneliness among 2,297 U.S. adults. The study found that having a good night's rest was linked to a reduction in feeling lonely. The recommended amount of sleep for adults is between seven and nine hours, and factors such as sleep regularity, satisfaction, timing, duration, efficiency, and alertness during the day were measured.

Interestingly, there was a stronger link between better sleep and lower loneliness, especially emotional loneliness, for younger adults. However, researchers were unsure why this correlation was more pronounced in younger individuals. Sleep psychologists emphasized the importance of prioritizing sleep for both physical and mental health.

Poor sleep can contribute to feelings of loneliness by affecting mood, anxiety levels, and social interactions. People who are sleep deprived may withdraw from social interactions, feel more helpless, and have lower self-esteem. Additionally, interruptions during the rapid eye movement stage of sleep can prevent the brain from processing emotional memories, leading to mood problems when awake.

To improve sleep quality, experts recommend waking up at the same time every day, getting exposure to morning sunlight, practicing stress-reducing activities, minimizing naps, and seeking professional help if feelings of loneliness persist. By focusing on improving sleep health, individuals may be able to alleviate feelings of loneliness and improve their overall well-being.

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