Sleep deprivation linked to loneliness | Matthew Walker

Parent Episode: Dr. Matthew Walker on Sleep for Enhancing Learning, Creativity, Immunity, and Glymphatic System

Lack of sleep carries many risks, one of which has serious social consequences. Chiefly, sleep deprivation triggers the onset of a "loneliness phenotype" by inducing critical changes within the brain that alter behavior and emotions, disturb metabolic processes, and influence the expression of immune-related genes. The end result is that people who are sleep-deprived avoid social interaction. Their standoffishness is recognized by other people who, in turn, shun the sleep-deprived people as if they were ill, creating a vicious cycle of loneliness. In this clip, Dr. Matthew Walker describes how sleep deprivation promotes a kind of "viral" loneliness.

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