Human brain potential may be harmed by loneliness
It's well-known that a lack of sleep can severely impair human brain potential, leading to chronic bad moods, poor cognition and even mental disorders. Researchers at the University of Chicago's Department of Health Studies found that being lonely could have a negative impact on a person's sleep habits.
Authors of the study interviewed 95 students to gauge their levels of loneliness, then examined their sleep patterns. They found that the volunteers who felt more alone were likelier to wake during the night than those who did not feel lonesome.
"Whether you're a young student at a major university or an older adult living in a rural community, we may all be dependent on feeling secure in our social environment in order to sleep soundly," said lead author Lianne Kurina, Ph.D.
Results of this study suggest that people who want to use their full brain potential may want to consider finding a life partner who shares similar healthy interests. It's important to keep in mind that settling for someone who displays negative behavior or attitude may not be worth any benefits derived from being in a partnership.