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Sleep is one of the important aspects of your well-being. In the contemporary fast-paced life, we are constantly on the move and our energy gets drained to chase the deadlines. Eventually, it takes a toll on our body. That’s why, a good night’s sleep have innumerable benefits including better sex, live longer, ability to make better-informed decisions, to remember things clearly and to be more attractive. And as per health experts, it is recommended to have at least six to eight hours of sleep daily.
Researchers from University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine in the US, have found poor sleep affect the specific region of the brain and can trigger negative emotional responses. When you don’t get enough sleep, you are more likely to be lethargic and unable to focus or concentrate. Poor sleep also affects your mood. “Our research indicates sleep might play an important role in the ability to regulate negative emotions in people who suffer from anxiety or depression,” said Heide Klumpp, assistant professor of psychiatry at UIC.
The study which was published in the journal Depression and Anxiety studied about 78 patients, 18 to 65 years of age, who had been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, a major depressive disorder, or both. The participants were shown disturbing images of violence - from war or accidents and were asked to simply look at the images and not to try to control their reaction or to “reappraise” what they saw in a more positive light.
"An example of reappraisal would be to see an image of a woman with a badly bruised face and imagine her as an actress in makeup for a role, rather than as a survivor of violence. Reappraisal is something that requires significant mental energy. In people with depression or anxiety, reappraisal can be even more difficult, because these disorders are characterised by chronic negativity or negative rumination, which makes seeing the good in things difficult," said Klumpp quoting NDTV report.
So getting a good night's shut-eye will help you to brighter your day.
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