Health: Don't look often at clock while trying to sleep as it may increase insomnia
One thing that people could do would be to turn around or cover up their clock, ditch the smart watch, get the phone away so they're simply not checking the time. Read further on Dynamite News:
Indiana [US]: Keeping an eye on the time as you try to fall asleep, according to an Indiana University researcher, increases insomnia.
However a small change in your habit could improve your sleep quality.
Prof Spencer Dawson is the lead author of the study, which focuses on a sample of close to 5,000 patients who visit a sleep clinic for treatment.
Adults who have insomnia range in prevalence from 4 to 22%, and it is linked to chronic illnesses like diabetes, depression, and cardiovascular disease.
Participants filled out surveys on their level of insomnia, whether they take sleep aids, and how much time they spend observing their own behaviour while they try to get some shut-eye. A psychological diagnosis was also requested of them. To find out how the variables affected one another, scientists performed mediation analyses.
"We found time monitoring behavior mainly has an effect on sleep medication use because it exacerbates insomnia symptoms," Dawson said.
"People are concerned that they're not getting enough sleep, then they start estimating how long it will take them to fall back asleep and when they have to be up. That is not the sort of activity that's helpful in facilitating the ability to fall asleep -- the more stressed out you are, the harder time you're going to have falling asleep," Dawson added.
As the frustration over sleeplessness grows, people are more likely to use sleep aids in an attempt to gain control over their sleep.
Dawson said the research indicates a simple behavioral intervention could provide help for those struggling with insomnia. He gives the same advice to every new patient the first time they meet.
"One thing that people could do would be to turn around or cover up their clock, ditch the smart watch, get the phone away so they're simply not checking the time," Dawson said.
Wish you a sweet and sound sleep. (with ANI inputs)