Going To Bed Late Can Increase Negative Thinking And Worry

Skimping on sleep and staying up late could indicate you’re headed for a negative spiral of persistent worry and negative thinking, according to new research from Binghamton University.

The researchers asked 100 students to complete several questionnaires and two computerized tasks to gauge repetitive negative thinking (RNT) by measuring how much the subjects worried, ruminated or obsessed over something. The subjects also answered questions about their sleep habits and schedules.

Subjects who described themselves as “evening” people, as well as those who slept fewer hours at night, were found to experience more negative thoughts than those who described themselves as “morning” people, as well as those who slept longer. Though the data suggests a correlation, it does not imply causality. The researchers note that it is possible that worry leads to disruptions in the timing and duration of sleep, rather than late sleep times causing greater worry.

The new data supports previous research, which has linked repetitive negative thinking with sleeping issues, but is the first to suggest a link between RNT levels and sleep schedule. However, a 2013 study published in the Journal of Occupational Psychology found a correlation between late bed times and —> Read More Here


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