Sleep Deprivation Affects Social Interactions, Making People Less Generous: Study

Exhausted tired businessman with painted eyes on stickers, adhesive notes on face sleeping at workplace, sitting at desk with laptop, unproductive lazy young male dozing, working on difficult projectDid you know that sleep deprivation can lead to reduced interactions with others? A recent study found that sleep deprivation makes people less generous and social. This is likely because when we’re tired, our cognitive abilities are diminished, making it harder for us to process information and engage in social activities.

So, if you’re feeling a little lonely, try getting more sleep. It could help make you feel more connected to the world around you.


Lack of sleep has previously been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, hypertension, and overall mortality. However, this new research finds that sleep deprivation also impairs basic conscience leading to social withdrawal and an unwillingness to help other people.

The study from UC Berkeley adds to mounting evidence demonstrating sleep loss harms an individual’s physical and mental well-being and compromises the social bonds between people. One portion of the study found that charitable giving in the week after the beginning of Daylight Savings Time dropped by 10%. During this time, most states “spring forward” and lose an hour of sleep.

“Over the past 20 years, we have discovered a very intimate link between our sleep health and our mental health. Indeed, we’ve not been able to discover a single major psychiatric condition in which sleep is normal,” said study co-author Matthew Walker. “But this new work demonstrates that a lack of sleep not only damages an individual’s health, but degrades social interactions between individuals and degrades the very fabric of human society itself. How we operate as a social species — and we are a social species — seems profoundly dependent on how much sleep we are getting.”

Researchers believe this study sheds light on our societal state of affairs in the present day. With sleep deprivation and stress levels at an all-time high, it could be adding to loneliness in society.


Overall, sleep deprivation has been found to affect everything from heart health to loneliness, so it is vital to take steps to ensure a good night’s sleep. A few lifestyle changes could help if you are suffering from sleep problems. These include turning off all electronic devices a couple of hours before bedtime, cutting off all caffeine after 2 PM, and ensuring your room is dark and cool.

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Author Bio

Sarah began her interest in nutritional healing at an early age. After going through health problems and becoming frustrated with the conventional ways doctors wanted to treat her illness (which were not working), she took it upon herself to find alternative treatments. This led her to revolutionize her own diet to help her get healthier and tackle her health problems. She began treating her illness by living a more balanced lifestyle through healthy food choices, exercise and other alternative medicine such as meditation. This total positive lifestyle change led her to earn a diploma in Nutritional Therapy from Health Sciences Academy in London, England. Today, Sarah enjoys helping others by teaching healthy lifestyle changes through her personal consultations and with her regular contributions to the Doctors Health Press. Also, passionate about following her dreams in life, Sarah moved to France and lived in Paris for over 5 years where she earned a certification in beadwork and embroidery from Lesage (an atelier owned by Chanel). She then went on to be a familiar face sitting front row and reporting from Paris Fashion Week. Sarah continues to practice some of the cultural ways of life she learned while in Europe. They enjoy their food, and take the time to relax and enjoy many of life’s little moments. These are life lessons she is glad to have brought back home with her.