Loneliness may result in poor sleep, says research

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London: According to the information given by a research wherein the researchers found that loneliness in teenagers may give them trouble in falling asleep or can lead to poor sleep.

The study showed that the adults who are lonely are 24 per cent affected by the loss of sleep and have difficulty in paying attention to their work during the day.

Professor at King’s College London, Louise Arseneault went on to say: “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.”

Further, 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.

Restless sleep in lonely individuals may be because they feel less safe or the result of a heightened biological stress response, the researchers said, in the paper published in the journal Psychological Medicine.

“We also found that past exposure to violence exacerbated the association between loneliness and poor sleep, which is consistent with the suggestion that sleep problems in lonely individuals are related to feeling unsafe,” added Timothy Matthews from King’s College London.

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For the study, the team analysed 2,232 18-19 year-old twins born in England and Wales.

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