CAN HAV­ING A PUR­POSE IN LIFE HELP YOU SLEEP BET­TER?

Reveal - - Style File - Ni­cola, Rochester

Prob­a­bly. A re­cent study of more than 800 peo­ple asked them to re­spond to state­ments like, ‘I feel good when I think of what I’ve done in the past and what I’ll have to do in the fu­ture,’ and, ‘Some peo­ple wan­der aim­lessly through life, but I’m not one of them.’ The qual­ity of their sleep was then mea­sured, and it found that those with a sense of pur­pose had bet­ter sleep qual­ity and less of a risk of sleep ap­noea and rest­less legs. It could be that peo­ple with pur­pose have bet­ter over­all health, or it could be that they dis­cov­ered that the real pur­pose of life – to love and be loved – is a per­fect com­ple­ment to sleep.

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