While many are aware of how integral a role sleep plays in our overall health, new research coming out of The University of California, Berkeley suggests that sleep is even more important than we realized in how we conduct our social interactions.
An article titled How Sleep Resets The Brain’s ‘Emotional Compass’ shows just how important sleep is in how we conduct ourselves socially.
We’re already aware of the effects of being unable to read and decode facial emotions, from our studies on Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. But this study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, suggests that lack of sleep can have a dulling effect on our ability to read expressions, thus directly impacting emotional intelligence.
Understanding the parameters of the study
Researchers conducted brain scans and heart rates for 18 young adults, while these subjects looked at dozens of images depicting various forms of facial expressions.
Each participant viewed the images two times – once after a full-night’s sleep, and once after not sleeping at all.
To learn more about the findings of this story, we encourage you to read the original article, here.