New research has found that our sleep quality is affected by the way we process the events of the day.
The Belgian study saw 28 participants presented with a negative-failure scenario.
Half were asked to address the situation with understanding and acceptance and the other half were asked to address the situation more analytically by identifying cause and effect.
The sleep structure of all participants was then analyzed. Researchers discovered that those who addressed the failure scenario experientially (with understanding and acceptance) enjoyed higher quality sleep compared to those who addressed it analytically (using cause and effect).
The participants who were asked to address the negative scenario with understanding and acceptance also experienced less stress and irritability.
Unfortunately we can't simply proclaim that insomnia sufferers need to stop analyzing their days if they want to cure their insomnia.
Although this group slept better, surprisingly they took longer to fall asleep compared to the group who were forced to analyze the negative scenario in more detail.
That being said, sleep quality is far more important than sleep duration - so we are still coming away from this study with renewed confidence that less time worrying about the day's events and more time simply accepting them is the way to go if you want to improve the quality of your sleep.
Last updated: September 13, 2012