Loss of Sleep May = Loss of Friends

According to recent research from UC Berkeley, energy might not be the only thing you’re losing if you’re not catching your “40 winks”. They’re claiming that “poor sleep can literally kill your social life.”

When I look at my own life, I can see how this could definitely be true. As a busy working mom of 4, when I haven’t had enough sleep, the last thing I want to do is talk to anyone, especially anyone who’s feeling particularly chipper that day.

Matthew Walker, a UC Berkeley professor of psychology and neuroscience stated that “we humans are a social species. Yet sleep deprivation can turn us into social lepers.”

According to their study (found in the journal “Nature Communications“), not only does a lack of sleep make us less outgoing and willing to engage socially, but it also makes us appear less socially attractive to others.

Personally, I find this study not only interesting, but a little frightening as well. It reminds me of a recent quote I read and loved:

it takes courage to say yes to rest and play in a culture where echaution is seen as a status symbol.

Our culture absolutely promotes busyness and the exhaustion it creates as a status symbol, yet this study is proving that that “status” comes at a great price.

Not only are we tired, grumpy and don’t want to spend time with people, they in turn don’t want to spend time with us.

According to the study, the loneliness caused from all of this has a level of contagiousness where even if you’re well rested, just a few minutes spent with a sleep-deprived person will start to make you feel lonely too.

But all hope is not lost, Walker states that “just one night of good sleep makes you feel more outgoing and socially confident, and furthermore will attract others to you.”

So, my takeaway from this? Get some sleep! Figure out what you need to do to ensure that you’re getting adequate sleep. Make your bedroom a sanctuary, get some scented candles, cut out the screens before bed and make sure to invest in some super soft sheets to help you get cozy.

Let’s all make it a goal to Sleep Sweet tonight!

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