Less than 8 hours of sleep increases risk of depression, anxiety Today’s Video of the Day comes from Binghamton University and reveals that people who get less than 8 hours of sleep each night face an increased risk of depression and anxiety.
According to the research, not getting enough sleep is associated with intrusive, repetitive thoughts.
“We found that people in this study have some tendencies to have thoughts get stuck in their heads, and their elevated negative thinking makes it difficult for them to disengage with the negative stimuli that we exposed them to,” said Meredith Coles, Binghamton University Professor of Psychology. “While other people may be able to receive negative information and move on, the participants had trouble ignoring it.”
More specifically, these researchers from Binghampton University, State University of New York found that getting less than 8 hours of sleep a night can result in negative, repetitive thoughts such as those seen in anxiety and depression. Sleeping less than 8 hours a night is linked to intrusive and repetitive thoughts like those seen inanxiety and depression. American researchers have studied the sleep duration of people with moderate to high levels of repetitive negative thinking.
By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer
Video Credit: University of Michigan