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Lonely? How Are You Sleeping?

Is your loneliness keeping you up at night?  A recent study shows that it might just be the thing.  Bedtime Network's therapist and relationship expert, Nyiri Grigorian, shows you how to take your temperature.  Find out what's ailing you and figure it out.  Don't forget, you may be sleeping as a couple and yet, still feel.....alone...


The most recent study published in the journal 'Sleep,' by lead author Lianne Kurina PhD and co-authors illustrates once again that people who feel loneliness and are socially isolated also experience fragmented sleep.

It is a well-known fact that disturbed sleep has a great impact on our health.

In particular, the elderly who feel social isolation and loneliness have significant health issues and cognitive decline not just related to the aging process.

This finding is further evidence of the mind/body connection when it comes to sleep.

The most important caveat here is the person's PERCEPTION of their loneliness and social isolation.

It is how they FEEL that determines the problem.

There are many people who are sleeping next to someone or have many friends and family who experience profound loneliness.

This 'loneliness feeling' may be worse, in fact, than for people who sleep alone.

It is the quality of the relationships with people that is a determinant in the perception of loneliness.

Taking this research and applying it to the mental health field provides many ramifications.

For many of these people there may be an underlying depression.

In that case, depression should be evaluated, as sleep disturbance is one of the major symptoms of depression.

When people feel lonely and isolated they suffer from the lack of an intimate outlet with someone to whom they may express feelings.

In addition, they don't generally have a solid, supporting social network.

These are variables that have an impact on a person's sense of well-being and self esteem.

Often the late evening is a time when people feel their most vulnerable and a sense of aloneness.

In a diluted way, we can say that when one doesn't feel isolated and lonely they feel that they are safe.

In a safe place you can allow yourself to go into a deep slumber.

Bedtime is a diagnosis time.

Do you think you may be symptomatic?

What stops you from reaching out?