Loniliness, Depression, and Sleep Problems

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Loneliness and Blood pressure is as much as 30 points higher,” Hawkley says, “and loneliness may even affect depression risk and potential treatments, from medications to exercise.

  • Realize that perception affects loneliness, Hawkley says. Being alone doesn’t automatically mean you’re lonely.
  • Structure lonely days. Splurging on a class or hobby will reward you with improved health and daytime efficiency.
  • Originally published in the March/April 2008 issue ofWebMD the Magazine.