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Sleeplessness Is Ruing Your Social Life, Warn Scientists

In a world that seems plagued with sleeplessness, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have added a new affliction to the condition: social isolation. Sleep deprivation, Inverse reports, not only can make you lonely, but can alienate others as you withdraw from social situations in order to “catch up” on the Z’s.

Why we sleep is a fascinating topic of thousands of bodies of research and commentary. But no matter what the science or conversation about it, the plain fact is we all need sleep — and not just sleep, but good, quality sleep that leaves us rested. However, for some, achieving that goal seems like an impossible dream. The good news is, with a few easy strategies, you don’t have to be sleepless or sleep-deprived.

First, you need to make sleep a priority. That may seem obvious, but in actuality many people try to lengthen their day by shortening their sleep — which, as we all know, ends up backfiring. Research suggests that most adults need the classic eight hours of sleep per night. But how do you achieve that, especially if you’re wound up from the day’s activities? Here are just a few ideas:

While sleep problems can be caused or exacerbated by a number of different factors, many of which are covered in "Want a Good Night's Sleep? Then Never Do These Things Before Bed," three of particular importance — primarily because they're so frequently overlooked — are your sleep position, light pollution and exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF).

Light pollution and EMFs are particularly concerning when it comes to establishing good sleep habits, as they are something that we’re surrounded by. But, you can control these factors by sleeping in complete darkness — covering windows if necessary — and turning off electronical devices at least an hour, preferably two, before bed.

One of the easiest ways to avoid or radically limit your nighttime electric field exposure from the wiring in your room is to pull the circuit breaker to your bedroom before going to bed. Another really important step is to turn off your Wi-Fi at night.