Could Thanksgiving be the best night’s sleep you’ll get all year?
According to research, the answer might be yes . . .
. . . but it isn’t because of the turkey.
You see, a pioneering study from 2009 looked at whether another Thanksgiving staple could have sleep benefits.
I’m talking about gratitude.
Alex Wood, PhD and a small team from the UK gathered a cohort of 400 participants to look at the impact of gratitude upon sleep.
His team measured sleep quantity and quality with the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (a self-report questionnaire measuring sleep quality). They also used the Gratitude Questionnaire-6 which measures the frequency and intensity of experienced gratitude.
Here’s what they found . . .
Participants with more gratitude reported better quality and longer-lasting sleep than those with less. Gratitude was also associated with reduced time to fall asleep. Plus, it correlated with less irritability, fatigue, and inability to concentrate during the day.
Now it’s important to keep in mind that this study was based entirely upon self-report. There was no control group or random assignment which is, of course, the gold standard of research.
However, the volume of participants does help to strengthen the study’s findings.
If you’d like to read this study for yourself, you can find it in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research, volume 66, pp. 43-48.
Now I’d like to hear from you. How have you experienced gratitude in your life? And what effects have you seen gratitude have on your clients?
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