Study: Socializing Might Lead To Sleep Problems

November 3rd, 2010 - 1:34 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, Nov 2 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new study has revealed that people who are outgoing are more prone to sleep deprivation effects than their introvert counterparts. The researchers studied 48 people with both personality traits. 23 of the study subjects were extroverts with the remaining 25 introverts.

The subjects were all aged between the ages of 18 to 39 years. The members were then randomly grouped into two and labeled either “socially enriched group” or a “socially impoverished group.” The researchers then engaged the members of the “socially enriched group” in lively activities for up to 12 hours daily during the research. However the members of the “socially impoverished group” were left in a private room and also made to engage in other entertaining activities.

The results of the study which was published in the journal Sleep on Nov 1 revealed that the introverts in the two groups were not affected by the sleep deprivation and compared to their extrovert counterparts. The sleep authors then explained the findings with the following press release statement “The ability of introverts to resist sleep loss was relatively unaffected by the social environment. Overall, the present results might also be interpreted more generally to suggest that waking experiences, along with their interaction with individual characteristics, influence vulnerability to subsequent sleep loss”.

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