Nothing feels quite as good as waking up after an amazing night of sleep. We know how important sleep is to both our physical and mental health, but now there’s another reason we should make sleep a priority - not getting enough of it can turn us into “social lepers,” a new study suggests.
So in addition to leaving us groggy, cranky, and making less healthy food choices, sleep deprivation can also make us appear less approachable and attractive. Researchers found that those who are exhausted tend to feel lonelier and try to avoid social contact and that vibe can make others feel withdrawn being around them, even after just 60 seconds.
And we’re not talking about the effects after months of being sleep deprived, these effects were noticed after cutting rest time by a couple of hours. Study leader Matthew Walker with the University of California explains that humans are a social species, but the less sleep we get, the less we want to socially interact.
“In turn, other people perceive you as more socially repulsive, further increasing the grave social-isolation impact of sleep loss,” Walker says. “That vicious cycle may be a significant contributing factor to the public health crisis that is loneliness.”
Source: New York Post