Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Are you a worrywort? Go to bed!

I am--a worrywort. I fret, brood--and mostly in bed at night. I can lie awake for hours--and then the next night, sink into slumber so blissfully I see why other people look forward to bedtime.

Researchers at Binghamton University in NY, says people who sleep shorter periods and go to bed late at night are more overwhelmed with negative thoughts than those who keep more regular hours. Check out Cognitive Therapy and Research.

People who have negative thoughts worry too much about the future, delve too much into the past, and endure annoying thoughts. This can be typical of people suffering from generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, and a load of other "disorders."

These scientists asked 100 young adults to complete questionnaires and two computerized tasks. They assessed how much they ruminated or obsessed. Then they figured out of the students were night or day people.

I guess if you sleep at night you won't be awake worrying at night. But isn't this kind of circular?

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