Study: Loneliness May Affect Sleep Quality

Feeling lonely is no fun, and it could also leave you tired. King’s College London researchers looked at more than 2,200 18- and 19-year-olds in England and Wales. They found 25 to 30 percent of participants said they felt lonely sometimes, and another five percent said they frequently felt lonely. Lonelier people were 24 percent more likely to feel tired and have difficulty concentrating during the day. The link between loneliness and sleep quality remained even after the researchers controlled for depression and anxiety, which are commonly associated with sleep problems and feeling lonely. But the study did not prove that loneliness causes lost sleep. Study co-author Timothy Matthews added, “It is […] important to recognize that loneliness may interact with preexisting vulnerabilities in some people, and that these individuals should receive tailored support.” (UPI)¬†