Do you toss and turn at night? Odds are, it’s not because you had spicy food or saw “Paranormal Activity” right before bed. It may be because you’re lonely.
University of Chicago scientists asked a group of adults to complete questionnaires that gauged their loneliness. With questions like, “How often do you feel isolated?” and “Do you feel sleepy during the day?” Then, to test their sleep patterns, volunteers wore a wristwatch-like device for one week called an actigraph, which digitally recorded their every move. Scientists could tell when they were asleep if the device didn’t move for at least 10 minutes.
The result? Lonely people frequently tossed and turned and would often wake up and not be able to fall back asleep for hours. On the flip side, people who felt well-connected to others, and had lots of friends, slept more soundly every night.
So, why does loneliness cause a bad night’s sleep? Researchers believe it’s because feeling sad and isolated causes your mind to race. With thoughts like “All of my friends have girlfriends, I wish I had one, too," the brain’s so busy buzzing that it’s impossible to fall asleep.
So, what’s the fix? Widen your social circle. Japanese researchers found that people who have regular social interactions are 250-percent less likely to struggle with insomnia.
take a class, or join a sports league.
Survive Holiday Nightmares Holiday nightmares are lurking! So, here’s how to survive a few you might encounter, courtesy … Here’s an easy way to upgrade your image: BE ON TIME Psychologists say that being late not only raises your stress levels, but it also sends the message … Stuck in a Rut? If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut and you just don’t know what to do with your life… We were talking earlier about how most Americans feel depressed about their futures. Even though we have more luxuries than ever before, most people think their parents had it better th… 26% of adults say yes I have had, or am having, a mid-life crisis! That comes from a study done by Cornell University-and it's the feeling that you've already peaked, … Where Is Your Stress Coming From? The source may surprise you. Here’s what the researchers at Rodale Publishing found out. One s… Save Time With These Tips Get ready to save time – starting now! You could fly west at 1,050 miles per hour – savi… How can some people overcome extreme circumstances like poverty, a personal or natural disaster, or growing up in violenc While others are defeated by the smallest setback? In a word: resilience. That's the ability to boun… Jump-Start Your Life, Boost Your Brainpower, and Get Happy I’ve got tips to jump-start your life, boost your brainpower, and get happy! These tips come f… Things That People THINK Will Make Them Happy If you’d like to be happier – and who wouldn’t – listen up! Scientists have … What's The Difference Between Happiness and Pleasure? We found a good answer in Newsweek magazine in an essay written by Rabbi Marc Gellman, one of their … Keep Your Brain Sharp Tips here from Jeff Victoroff who is a professor of neurology at University of Southern California a… Home Remedies That Will Help You Sleep Tens of millions of us are walking around half-dead from lack of sleep. More than a third of all adu… Eavesdropping Isn’t as Big a No-No as it Used to Be A lot of experts say that eavesdropping isn’t as big a “no-no” as it used to be. W… Lent Is Moving Beyond Bad Habits, and Into The World of Social Causes Have you ever given up something for Lent, the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday? If y…
Which Bad Habits Are Bad For Your Health? Did you know if you don't brush and floss before bedtime that… Are Energy Drinks Good For You? These drinks may briefly boost your energy, but in the long run they make you tired… Dark Chocolate Cuts Belly Fat Dark chocolate (70% cocoa) is good for cutting belly fat because it counteracts the buildup of bad… BASIC.Fellowship Clip 01 with Francis Chan Ladies...Dump That Jerk! BASIC.Fear God Clip 01 with Francis Chan If You Lack Motivation at the Gym, Work Out Children & Second Hand Smoke Does Your Man Have the Man Flu? There may be a good reason why grown men turn in to little boys when they catch a bug… Simple Relationship Improvements Is Your Man Having Bromance? Heart Attack Risks Exclusive! Dr. Oz Belly Fat Interview How About A Massage? Are Women Better Than Men? Science has shown us that Women handle bad relationships better than men, are more careful than ma…