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Posted by Lori Kaufman, DOWNLITE Team on February 03, 2016
Believe it or not, the time that you go to sleep is more important than you thought. Sleep schedules can have a huge influence on stress and mood throughout the day. There are many different things that can keep us from going to sleep, especially with today’s technology. It is too easy to browse your phone, play games, and check on social media before bed; we get it! But there is a certain point where we are staying up too late and giving in too much to these distractions. Avoiding electronics, and even light, can be beneficial for a happier life and mood. Certain light sources can throw off your circadian rhythms that will keep you up long after you disconnect.
A study done in 2014 at Binghamton University in New York, showed that the more sleep we get directly correlates to the way we feel and act. People who got less sleep were reported to fall into negative patterns throughout the day and they were found to worry more than the people who slept more. They also found that people who got less sleep, or were disrupted during sleep, had more pessimistic thoughts and actions.
Sleeping more is not the only factor. People who stay up late at night, even if they sleep later to compensate for the loss of sleep during the night, were found to still have worrisome thoughts and be more negative, or even generally unhappy. Staying up late allows people to be alone with their thoughts while the world is quieter which can work against you.
Therefore, people who spend more time worrying could fix most of their problems by getting to sleep earlier and getting a better nights’ sleep. The people who went to sleep and woke up earlier were found to be much happier and be in a better mood, overall. One of the best ways to help fix anxiety and feeling down is just to get a better nights’ sleep.
Get to sleep earlier and wake up earlier for a healthier and happier lifestyle!
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