A good night's sleep is a critical part of one's development--there's no question on that. Not only will it improve memory, creativity and focus, but can also help you live longer. However, for some people (like me), having a good sleep is a challenge. But researchers from the US have some advice. They say that having a good reason to wake up the next day could be of help.
Jason Ong, a neurologist at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, said that motivating people to find a meaning to their life could help keep sleep disturbances away without needing sleep medications.
Ong and colleagues gathered 823 non-demented participants aged 60 to 100 years old and asked them questions on their quality of sleep and motivations in life. The participants were asked to rate statements like: “I feel good when I think of what I’ve done in the past and what I hope to do in the future”.
Results showed that people who felt they have a strong purpose in life were actually 63 percent less likely to have sleep apnea and 52 percent less likely to have restless leg syndrome! Not to mention the better quality of sleep they have.
Other sleep disturbances like insomnia develop more as people get older, and although sleeping pills can be easily bought, clinicians prefer to use treatments that don't use drugs, Ong said. “Helping people cultivate a purpose in life could be an effective drug-free strategy to improve sleep quality, particularly for a population that is facing more insomnia,” he said. "Purpose in life is something that can be cultivated and enhanced through mindfulness therapies."
Motivation can be tricky but at this point, it might be safe to say that hoping to do better in your future might just lead you to the sleep you need to actually achieve it.
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