More Sleep Leads to More Happy Thoughts

In case you need extra motivation to get a good night's sleep, consider this: the less sleep you get, the more negative thoughts fill your brain. According to new research from Binghamton University, individuals who go to bed later and get less sleep are more likely to be overwhelmed by negative thoughts. So a simple solution? If you want to be happier, get more rest. While it's not guaranteed to fix all of your woes, it's a great starting point.

Jacob Nota, one of the researchers, explains the findings:

Making sure that sleep is obtained during the right time of day may be an inexpensive and easily disseminable intervention for individuals who are bothered by intrusive thought.

In other words, more sleep equals less nagging, worrisome thoughts. The researchers plan to continue looking into this topic to see how more sleep can benefit individuals who suffer from anxiety disorders. They noted a connection between people with anxiety disorders tending to have sleep problems.

As for other benefits of a good night's sleep, there's a decreased risk of car crashes, obesity, and future health problems, like heart disease. What are you waiting for? Get some rest!

To learn more about teens and sleep, check out “The Teen Who Woke Up Her School” from a past issue of Choices —a health, well-being, and life skills magazine for middle and high school students.