Does the mood before going to bed really affect our sleep?
When people have been happily married for a long time, they often advise newly married couples to never go to bed angry in the evening. Researchers have now found that this could also make sense from a health point of view: Because going to bed in a bad mood actually damages sleep.
In their current study, scientists from Iowa State University found that the mood in which we go to bed in the evening affects our night's sleep. Bad sleep then leads to various negative health effects. The doctors published the results of their study in the journal "Journal of Research in Personality".
Poor sleep can lead to long-term health problems
Poor sleep affects health. The effects are very far-reaching - from poorer mental health to an increased risk for all possible long-term health problems, the scientists explain. The results of the new study now provide important insight into how we can improve our sleep in the future.
Experts examine 436 subjects for the study
For their study, the psychologists from Iowa State University monitored the sleeping habits of a total of 436 volunteers. The subjects had to fill out questionnaires about tantrums during the examination. The researchers come to the conclusion that the more angry they are, the worse the sleep of those affected. This is probably due to the fact that people who go to bed angry, stay awake longer and think longer about the causal problems, the scientists report.
There is a connection between anger and sleep
Overall, people with poor anger control had poorer sleep, objectively and subjectively. The results suggest that actual sleep behavior is due to individual differences in anger, the researchers say. This would mean that poor control of anger occurs plays an important role in our sleep behavior. The study is further evidence of the relationship between anger and sleep.
What causes lack of sleep?
Even after all the results of the study were adjusted to the differences in gender, age, socio-economic status and stress, the results obtained were retained. Given the fact that previous research suggests that lack of sleep makes people more aggressive, irritable, and contentious, the effects it has on sleep are quite credible. All of the above factors in turn affect sleep quality. This could be a kind of vicious circle for people affected.
Fight your anger to prevent sleep problems
As already indicated above, many people with frequent anger suffer from poorer sleep due to their inner mood. If you are familiar with these problems, consider whether you can solve personal problems and difficulties dealing with your anger to prevent possible sleep problems.
Advice for a healthy sleep
There are also some ways to fundamentally improve sleep. It is best to go to bed a little earlier, especially if you are tired. Do not rely on medication for sleep problems. Ensure a comfortable temperature (18-21C) in your bedroom. Avoid drinking alcohol before going to bed and at best stop drinking caffeine after 4 p.m. Do not do physical exercise late at night and avoid screens in your bedroom. The bedroom should also be adequately darkened. A so-called sleep diary can also help improve sleeping habits. (as)