Looking at a group of young adults, researchers found that sleep deprivation makes people lonely and reluctant to interact with others, on par with someone who has social anxiety. What’s more, those feelings are contagious: well-rested people felt lonelier after simply talking with a sleep-deprived person. That’s not the kind of “going viral” you want to aim for in life! On the flip side, just one night of solid shut-eye left people in the study feeling more outgoing and confident. How to reverse a pattern of poor sleep? Keep a consistent bedtime and wake time that allows for sufficient sleep, exercise regularly (but not in the evening), minimize caffeine and alcohol, shut down your screens before you wind down at night, and commit to a relaxation practice like yoga or meditation to keep stress in check. If you think you may have a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea, talk with your doctor.
Source: Sleep loss causes social withdrawal and loneliness
“Sleep soothes and arrests the fever-pulse of the soul.” – Eliza Cook