Selvrapportert sosial og emosjonell ensomhet og søvnproblemer hos norske studenter

I denne studien har forskere fra Bergen og Australia undersøkt sammenheng mellom sosial og emosjonell ensomhet og problemer med innsovning og det å holde på  søvnen. Data til studien ble hentet fra SHoTstudien, hvor over 12000 norske universitetsstudenter ble inkludert. For å undersøke sosial og emosjonell ensomhet ble det brukt «Social and Emotional Loneliness Scale» (SELSA).

Studien er publisert i Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. 

Social and emotional loneliness and self-reported difficulty initiating andmaintaining sleep (DIMS) in a sample of Norwegian university students
A. C. Hayley, L. A. Downey, C. Stough, B. Sivertsen, M. Knapstad, S. Øverland. 

Social and emotional loneliness negatively impact several areas of health, including sleep. However, few comprehensive population-based studies have evaluated this relationship. Over 12,000 students aged 21-35 years who participated in the student survey for higher education in Norway (the SHoT study) were assessed. Loneliness was assessed using the Social and Emotional Loneliness Scale. Difficulty initiating and maintaining sleep (DIMS) was assessed by a single-item subjective response on the depression scale of the Hopkins Symptoms Checklist (HSCL-25). Social loneliness was associated with more serious DIMS (unadjusted proportional odds-ratio [OR] = 2.69, 95% CI = 2.46-2.95). This association was attenuated following adjustment for anxiety (adjusted OR = 1.92, 95% CI = 1.75-2.10) and depression (adjusted OR = 1.48, 95% CI = 1.34-1.63), however was not substantially altered when all demographics and psychological distress were accounted for (fully adjusted OR = 1.46, 95% CI = 1.30-1.63). Emotional loneliness was also associated with more serious DIMS (unadjusted proportional OR = 2.33, 95% CI = 2.12-2.57). Adjustment for anxiety (adjusted OR = 1.96, 95% CI = 1.78-2.15) and depression (adjusted OR = 1.64, 95% CI = 1.48-1.80) attenuated, but did not extinguish this relationship in the fully adjusted model (adjusted OR = 1.22, 95% CI = 1.09-1.31). Mediation analyses revealed that the social loneliness-DIMS association was fully attributed to psychological distress, while the emotional loneliness-DIMS association was only partially mediated, and a direct association was still observed. Associations between social and emotional loneliness and subjective DIMS were embedded in a larger pattern of psychological distress. Mitigating underlying feelings of loneliness may reduce potentially deleterious effects on sleep health and psychological wellbeing in young adults.