A reason to wake up helps us sleep better
The secret to a good night’s sleep is having a reason to wake up in the morning, say scientists. A team of researchers, including a team from Northwestern University in the US, has said that older adults who felt their lives had meaning were 63% less likely to have sleep apnoea – a disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep.
According to the researchers, these people were also 52% less likely to have the restless leg syndrome, and had moderately better sleep quality. Although the participants in the study were older, the researchers said the findings were likely applicable to the broader public. “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,” said Jason Org, associate professor at Northwestern University.