Lonely teenagers sleep less

Health & Fitness

Did you know that the feeling of loneliness can lead to sleepless nights or having trouble in falling asleep? Perhaps this could be the reason why lonely young adults are 24 per cent more likely to feel tired and have difficulty in concentrating during the day due to lack of sleep. Researchers have defined loneliness as a feeling of distress that people experience when they perceive their social relationships to be inadequate.Teenagers

This may also result in poor sleep quality including the time it takes to fall asleep, sleep duration and sleep disturbances as well as daytime dysfunction such as staying awake during daytime.

“Diminished sleep quality is one of the many ways in which loneliness gets under the skin, and our findings underscore the importance of early therapeutic approaches to target the negative thoughts and perceptions that can make loneliness a vicious cycle,” said Louise Arseneault Professor at King’s College, London.

Also, the association between loneliness and poor sleep quality was found to be almost 70 per cent stronger among those exposed to the most severe forms of violence, including crime, sexual abuse, child maltreatment and violent abuse by family members or peers.



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