TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – A person can react more emotionally to conditions of less stress sleep the night before. He even tends to be unable to find happiness in positive events or things.
This was revealed in a research from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada. Researchers led by psychologist Nancy Sin revealed that sleep duration affects individual reactions to good and bad events in his life.
“When people experience something positive, such as getting a hug or spending time in nature, they usually feel happier that day,” said Sin from the UBC psychology department, as reported by Medical Xpress, Wednesday, September 16, 2020.
“But we found that when people slept less than the usual amount of time, they didn’t get much of a positive emotional boost from the good things they were experiencing,” he added.
In one study, Sin analyzed sleep duration and a person’s emotions. He used daily data from a national sample of the United States involving nearly 2,000 people.
Participants in the study reported their experiences and the amount of sleep they got the night before in a daily eight-day telephone interview.
“Guidelines are recommended for a good night’s sleep of at least seven hours, but one in three adults does not meet this standard,” says Sin.
Many studies have shown that lack of sleep can increase the risk of mental disorders, chronic health conditions, and premature death.
This research, according to Sin, adds evidence that even a slight change in the duration of sleep at night can have an impact on how people respond to events in their daily life.
Additionally, people with chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer are more reactive when faced with stressful situations, possibly due to wear and tear of the physiological stress system.
“For those with chronic health conditions, we found that sleeping longer than sleep duration usually resulted in a better response to a positive experience the next day,” said Sin.