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Sleep loss can turn us into social outcasts

woman looking at smartphone in bed

Poor sleep can render us more unsociable and isolated, researchers warn.

Sleep deprivation can contribute to a host of mental and physical problems, including depressiondiabetes, 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.

On the other hand, the results also show that people who are sleep-deprived tend to come across as socially unappealing.