Happy Days, Restful Nights: Optimistic People Are Better Sleepers, Study Finds
Falling asleep can feel like an impossible task sometimes.
[StudyFinds.org, 8/8/19] While some people fall asleep easier than others, everyone experiences the occasional sleepless night. Well, according to a new long-term study, the key to a better night’s sleep may just be looking on the bright side of life.
Researchers from the University of Illinois say that the more optimistic a person is, the more likely they are to enjoy longer, more restful sleep patterns.
“Results from this study revealed significant associations between optimism and various characteristics of self-reported sleep after adjusting for a wide array of variables, including socio-demographic characteristics, health conditions and depressive symptoms,” explains study leader Rosalba Hernandez in a release.
More than 3,500 people between the ages of 32-51 took part in the study,
and each person’s level of optimism was measured using a survey. The surveys asked participants how much they agreed with various positive and negative statements such as, “I’m always optimistic about my future,” or, “I hardly expect things to go my way.”
Participants also self-reported on their sleep patterns and quality twice over the course of five years, and answered questions on any bouts of insomnia, difficulty falling asleep, and the average number of hours they slept per night. A smaller subset of participants also wore sleep monitors for two nights that recorded data on time spent sleeping, sleep quality, and restlessness while asleep……
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