Sleep loss can turn us into social outcasts

March 12, 2019

Sleep deprivation can contribute to a host of mental and physical problems, including depression, diabetes, and impaired cognitive functioning.

Now, research from the University of California (UC), Berkeley has linked sleep deprivation to another effect: social isolation.

According to the study’s senior author, Prof. Matthew Walker, “We humans are a social species. Yet sleep deprivation can turn us into social lepers.”

The findings — which appeared in the journal Nature Communications — indicate that, on the one hand, people who have experienced sleep loss are less eager to interact with others.

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