The Secret Of A Good Night’s Sleep.
Studies on positive psychology have revealed the possible interplay between positive psychological well-being and physiological functioning. Purpose in life is one of the major factors in positive psychological well-being. Purpose in life is generally conceptualised as one’s sense of meaning and directedness in his/her life, essentially having aspirations and goals for the future and feeling that experiences in life are meaningful. Previous works have shown that purpose in life is independently linked to numerous positive health outcomes and healthy behaviours, as well as longevity. For example, having higher levels of purpose in life has been associated with a reduced risk of stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, disability, and all-cause mortality. Purpose in life, though trait-like, is dynamic and research suggests change in this construct is induced by psychological and social influences. It has been suggested via clinical intervention that purpose in life is a construct that can be consciously cultivated and enhanced. A limited number of studies have examined the association between purpose in life and sleep. A cross-sectional examination of older women indicated that those with higher purpose in life showed less body movement during sleep—a proxy for better sleep quality. In a second cross-sectional examination, it was reported that in middle-aged adults, lower purpose in life was associated with problematic sleep duration (either excessive or inadequate hours of sleep). In a final cross-sectional study it was demonstrated that after adjusting for demographic covariates and negative psychological states such as psychological distress, higher purpose in life scores were associated with fewer sleep problems in a sample of British civil servants. Credit: Research Paper published in Sleep Science and Practice Journal: Is purpose in life associated with less sleep disturbance in older adults?
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