Higher quality sleep associated with higher wellbeing

Getting a good night’s sleep may improve your wellbeing.


What is the relationship between sleep quality and psychological wellbeing?

What was done?

736 community-dwelling adults aged (58-72) completed questionnaires on their quality of sleep . A number of psychological variables were also measured, e.g. wellbeing and mood.

What was found?

Higher quality sleep was associated with higher levels of wellbeing and lower levels of distress.

How does this affect me?

Ensuring that you get a good night’s sleep may improve your overall wellbeing.

Article Abstract

To discover whether positive affect and purpose in life (eudaimonic well-being) are associated with good sleep independently of health problems and socioeconomic status, and to evaluate their role in mediating the influence of psychosocial risk factors on poor sleep.

A cross-sectional study was carried out with 736 men and women aged 58–72 years, with positive affect assessed by aggregating ecological momentary samples. Sleep problems were assessed with the Jenkins Sleep Problems Scale, and psychosocial risk factors were measured by standardized questionnaires.

Both positive affect and eudaimonic well-being were inversely associated with sleep problems after adjustment for age, gender, household income, and self-rated health (P<.001). Negative psychosocial factors including financial strain, social isolation, low emotional support, negative social interactions, and psychological distress were also related to reported sleep problems. The strength of these associations was reduced by 20–73% when positive affect and eudaimonic well-being were taken into account, suggesting that effects were partly mediated by positive psychological states.

These results suggest that both positive affect and eudaimonic well-being are directly associated with good sleep and may buffer the impact of psychosocial risk factors. The relationships are likely to be bidirectional, with disturbed sleep engendering lower positive affect and reduced psychological well-being, and positive psychological states promoting better sleep.

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