Want to be happy? Just need to go to bed early!

When you go to bed, the duration of sleeping time might be able to sooth your anxiety level. Research found that people who sleep for shorter periods of time and go to bed very late at night are often overwhelmed with more negative thoughts than those who keep more regular sleeping hours.


People are said to have repetitive negative thinking when they have pessimistic thoughts in their minds. They are also tend to excessively worry about the future, delve too much into the past and experience annoying intrusive thoughts. Such thoughts are often found in people who are suffering from generalized anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and social anxiety disorder. These individuals are also tend to have sleeping problems. Previous studies have linked sleeping problems with such repetitive negative thoughts, especially in cases where someone does not get enough sleep.


The researchers found that people who sleep for shorter period of time and go to bed late often experience more repetitive negative thoughts than others, for those students who like to stay up late as well.

The discovery also means that when being disturbed while sleeping may also generate negative emotions. Therefore, getting adequate sleep will be a useful way for those people who are suffering from negative emotions to feel better.


Information provided by Jacob Nota and Meredith Coles of Binghamton University in the US and Springer's journal Cognitive Therapy and Research