Lack of emotional regulation has been shown to lead to insomnia, this according to new findings. Published in the British Journal of Health Psychology research team lead Markus Jansson-Fröjmark said, “These findings are important because, though the effect size is small, they suggest that teaching people strategies for regulating their emotions might help prevent new cases of insomnia to occur and decrease the risk of persistent insomnia.”
Surveys were taken from 2333 adults from Sweden. They were asked questions based on emotional regulation and insomnia. Questions regarding emotional regulation involved the participants to answer about their difficulties with impulses and emotional awareness. Sleep problem questions asked participants about their difficulty falling asleep, and how it affects their daily lives.
Initial analysis of the results did not show a link between emotion regulation and insomnia, but during a follow-up survey taken with 1887 of the original participants, researchers found those who saw a decline in their ability to regulate their emotions had developed insomnia.
A reduction in ability to regulate emotions increased a person’s risk to develop or report persistent insomnia by 11 percent.
Insomnia is a sleep disorder which makes it difficult to fall or stay asleep. It doesn’t matter how tired a person is, if they have insomnia, they simply cannot sleep. Individuals with insomnia often wake up fatigued, unrefreshed and drained, and completing daily tasks can be difficult because they are simply too tired. Lack of sleep can also lead to long-term detrimental affects on a person’s health.
Mental and emotional factors can come into play when discussing causes of insomnia. Some of them include:
We have many different emotions which fit a variety of situations and scenarios. For example, if someone tells a funny joke we laugh and are happy. If we lose a pet we become sad or depressed. Regulating emotions is important as it assists us in social settings. If we lash out at a joke, those around us may feel uncomfortable or concerned as that is not a common emotion response to the situation.
If you are finding your emotions are getting the best of you and are hindering your daily life, here are some tips to better help you regulate your emotions.
Emotions and sleep can go hand-in-hand, so for best control of your emotions, as well as health, it’s advised you get proper and adequate sleep. If you do have issues with sleep speak to your doctor about getting a sleep test to see what is really going on.
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