People who believe that they suffer from sleep disorders tend to have a poorer overall quality of life than those who do not, the findings of a new study suggest.
Experts working at the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University looked into the sleeping patterns and overall quality of life of more than 3,000 individuals, all of whom suffered from difficulties breathing during sleep.
They found that those who were more open about their sleep worries and problems also tended to see their quality of life decline over the five-year period of the study, suggesting a positive attitude towards sleep problems could be as beneficial as rest itself.
Writing up the findings in the journal Sleep, Graciela Silva, assistant professor at the college and the study's leader, noted: "Perception of sleep quality and not standard objective measurements of sleep quality had the most ... impact on quality of life."
"These findings signal to the importance of perception of quality of sleep on quality of life."
Just last month, a survey of British doctors carried out by Crampex found that most would recommend that engaging in sexual activity before bedtime is often the best ways of guaranteeing a good night's sleep, the Telegraph reports