Monday, December 15, 2014

Getting to bed early helps mental health

Going to sleep early can help a person's mental health.

There are many benefits of going to bed early- and now, a team of researchers have found how this teeny tiny habit could have a positive impact on not just your physical health, but mental health as well.

Researchers from Binghamton University have found a possible connection between sleeping disorders and anxiety. It has been found that depression, anxiety, stress and obsessive compulsive disorders may cause heavy psychological traffic that could have an individual clinging too much to the past.

This new study, which took into consideration one hundred young adults, asked them to fill out questionnaires and carry out certain computerized tasks while the researchers assessed the extent of their obsessive behavior and thinking and worrying with respect to it. The study subject included individuals having different sleeping habits- some of them were night owls, while others had regular sleeping hours.

They found that individuals who slept less or went to bed late had signs of negative thinking as compared to those who slept early. While repetitive negative thinking isn’t a disorder as such, it does increase the risk of several anxiety disorders including depression and stress.

While the reason behind this phenomenon is unclear, scientists are making assumptions to decode it all. They have noted that sleeping late at night tends to disrupt the biological clock of the body, which also plays a negative impact on the levels of certain chemicals in our body.

These kinds of irregular sleeping patterns tend to upset the chemical production in the brain as well as other organs, even if you manage to get your much needed 8 hours of sleep a day.

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