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June 2018 (Vol. 3 Issue 4)

Have a reason to get up if you want a good night's sleep
About the author: 
Bryan Hubbard

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If you want to have a good night's sleep, have a reason to get up in the morning. In other words, have a purpose in life, say researchers.

It's an effective drug-free way of ensuring you have a good and untroubled night's sleep. You'll have less sleep apnea—or irregular breathing—and movement, such as restless leg syndrome, which can wake you up.

Poor sleeping and insomnia become a bigger problem as we get older, but having a purpose in life can reverse most of these bed-time problems, say researchers at the Northwestern Medical Centre.

They tested the theory on a group of 823 participants with an average age of 79 years, and discovered that those who felt their lives had meaning were far less likely to have sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome. They also had better sleep quality.

To assess the participants sense of purpose in life, they were asked a serious of 10 questions, such as: 'I feel good when I think of what I've done in the past and what I hope to do in the future'.

Mindfulness meditation can help people discover a purpose in life, the researchers say.


References

(Source: Sleep Science and Practice, 2017; 1: doi: 10.1186/s41606-017-0015-6)

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