Those who go through life with a positive outlook see better and thus live healthier lives.
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Fr. August 09, 2019
Optimism contributes to a good night's sleep and thus to better health. This is shown by a new study published in the journal Behavior Medicine. Confidence that the future has positive things meant that the study participants slept sufficiently and rarely showed symptoms of insomnia.
The study showed that the most optimistic participants reported a very good sleep quality much more often. People with greater optimism also reported more often that they had slept enough and less sleepy during the day. They were 74 percent more likely to have no symptoms of sleep disorders. On average, they slept six to nine hours a night, according to Prof. Rosalba Hernandez from the University of Illinois and colleagues.
Hernandez suggests that optimists interpret stress events more favorably and handle them more actively and problem-oriented. As a result, they reduce anxiety and anxiety that disturbs sleep. "Poor sleep quality is associated with many health problems, including a higher risk of obesity, high blood pressure and total mortality," Hernandez said. "The belief that positive things will happen in the future has emerged as a psychological advantage that is of particular importance to […]."
More than 3,500 people aged 32 to 51 participated in the Year Part study. The respondents used surveys twice a year at five-year intervals to assess their overall sleep quality and duration during the previous month. They also answered questions about personal characteristics, their health and their optimism. In some of them, sleep quality was also measured with activity sensors.
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