U of I study study suggests optimistic people sleep better, longer

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign said “Always looking on the bright side” could help people get better sleep.

More than 3,500 people ages 32-51 were included in the study sample. The participants included people in Birmingham, Alabama, Oakland, California, Chicago, and Minneapolis. According to researchers, positive people are 78% more likely to report having quality seven to nine hours of sleep a night.

The research was led by Rosalba Hernandez, a professor of social work at the University of Illinois.

“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,” Hernandez said. 

Optimistic people were also 75% more likely to report not suffering from symptoms of insomnia or a mid-day crash.

The findings posted in the journal “Behavioral Medicine” are based off of studies using more than 3,500 subjects.

Researchers believe being optimistic could lead to lower levels of stress and therefor, a better nights sleep.

According to a 2016 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 3 U.S. adults fails to get adequate sleep, escalating their risks of many chronic diseases.

The research was supported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health.

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