If you have a lot of things to do tomorrow and you need a lot of energy (meaning going to bed earlier), then chances are you will have a hard time going to bed. All of the things you have to do might be on your mind and you are thinking about your to-do list for tomorrow. Especially, if you are worried about the events that might happen or will happen tomorrow. You are suddenly stuck in a cycle of thinking about how tired you will be tomorrow and how bad things will happen.
You’ve read everything you could find online about how to get a good night’s rest. You limit your screen time an hour before going to bed, turn down your thermostats, you go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time, but still, you can’t get enough sleep.
According to new research recently published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine, we should all follow the advice of Monty Python: “Always look on the bright side of life.” Be optimistic and get more rest.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, a third of Americans are not getting enough sleep. It’s important to keep in mind that not getting enough sleep has serious consequences for your physical and mental health from obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and depression. Also, you are three times more likely to be in a car accident if you don’t get enough sleep, according to the National Safety Council. The importance of sleep can be seen in all areas of our life. Optimism can help you with sleep.
Scientists found that having an optimistic outlook has many health benefits from protecting you from cardiovascular disease and better rates of recovering after surgery. Also, optimists are more likely to follow doctors’ orders and change their lifestyle to reduce any future risks.
Optimism and sleep function separately and both improve your health. Recently, a team analyzed the link between these two factors that can give us great health benefits. The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young People conducted a study examining the heart health of Americans over the course of 30 years. The participants of the study were between 32 and 51 years old. The total number of participants was 3,500. They all reported on the level of optimism, duration, and quality of sleep.
Researchers concluded that optimism and sleep are intimately linked. They found that optimists were 78% times more likely to have high-quality night sleep when compared to those who were more on the negative side. They were also more likely to have more sleep, between six and nine hours of sleep.
However, it is possible that the tendency towards optimism may have caused participants to rate their sleep quality highly compared to those who are not optimists. On the other side, optimists handle stress better. According to the lead author and professor from the University of Illinois:
“Optimists are more likely to engage in active problem-focused coping and to interpret stressful events in more positive ways, reducing worry and ruminative thoughts when they’re falling asleep and throughout their sleep cycle.”
Being optimistic and proactive at the same time is always better than seeing the glass half empty. Overall, optimism will give you a better perspective on life and how to handle stress. Furthermore, optimism will give you a rested night compared to pointless worry that will not help you solve your problem but it will only exhaust you with overthinking and analyzing the current or the next day. Always look on the bright side of life! And always get a good night rest.