Are you the sort of person who always sees the glass as half-empty? Do you worry about things going wrong, even though logically you know they can’t? Do you often find yourself snapping at your nearest and dearest and don’t know why? The answer could be as simple as getting a good night’s rest!

100 students at Binghamton University, New York USA, were asked a series of questions to assess how much they worried, what their sleep patterns where and whether they considered themselves an early bird or a night owl.

The students mostly went to bed around 1am, and where asleep within 22 minutes. They generally slept for about 7 hours, and considered themselves to be night owls! Obvious really, considering they were uni students!

The researchers found that the students who slept for the shortest time ended up having more negative thoughts. They also seemed to repeat those thoughts again and again, leading to very unhelpful and depressing thought patterns.

It was also discovered that the students who went to bed later, displayed some minor symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Whilst the study was unclear as to whether a lack of sleep caused the negative thoughts, or whether the negative thoughts led to difficulty in getting to sleep, it is obvious that there is a definite link between the amount of sleep that a person gets and the type of thoughts they have.

If you find yourself suffering from extreme negative thoughts, then you need to speak to a healthcare professional. But the study also helps to show that a good nights sleep can help to improve your mood!

If you’re struggling to get to sleep at night then you might find some of the following useful –

  • Have a fixed bedtime and avoid sleeping in for too long, after a late night.
  • Relax before going to bed – avoid watching television or playing on your phone in bed.
  • Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol before going to bed.
  • Try not to exercise before going to bed.
  • Avoid heavy, or spicy food before bed.
  • If you’re struggling to sleep, don’t clock watch or worry about getting to sleep. This will only stress you out more and make it harder to sleep.
  • Make sure your bedroom is a comfortable temperature, quiet and devoid of bright lights.
  • Try not to do anything too mentally strenuous in bed – reading one last chapter of that book you like is ok, trying to work out the accounts for the big meeting tomorrow is not!

Getting a good night’s sleep can help to improve not only your mental wellbeing, but also leave you feeling physically fitter.

Remember, this blog is only for guidance. If you’re having trouble sleeping approaching insomnia, then you should seek the advice of a health care professional that can help.

Of course, a great night’s sleep starts with a comfortable bed and mattress! We have a fantastic range of both with prices to suit every budget! Browse our website now or call today to speak to our friendly sales team.