According to new research, from The University of British Columbia and Pennsylvania State University, getting less sleep can lead to you having a stronger emotional reaction to a bad day, and less of a reaction to the positive things in life.
1,982 people (57% female) from the United States between the ages of 33 and 84 were surveyed for eight consecutive days, which questioned their sleep duration, daily stressors, the number of positive events they experienced and how it affected them throughout the day.
Overall it was found the people reported they had a less stressful day after getting more sleep. They also found they responded better to positive events with more sleep. People with more chronic conditions were more reactive to positive events, particularly after nights of longer sleep.
The researches concluded; “Affective reactivity to daily stressors and positive events vary based upon sleep duration, such that sleep loss may amplify loss of positive affect on days with stressors, as well as reduce positive affective responsiveness to positive events.”
Yet another reason to try and get a good nights sleep.