Sleep and Quality of Well-Being

Long Island University, New York, New York, United States
Sleep (Impact Factor: 4.59). 01/2001; 23(8):1115-21.
Source: PubMed


It is commonly believed that sleep duration in the population has been declining gradually. Whereas sleep restriction in the laboratory induces sleepiness and mood disturbances, it is not certain whether a short sleep duration impairs the quality of everyday life.
Using population-based data, we explored whether greater habitual sleep duration is a predictor of better health-related quality of life, measured by the Quality of Well-Being (QWB) scale. The relationships between QWB and several potential correlates were examined in a stepwise linear regression analysis.
Neither subjective nor actigraphic sleep duration were associated with QWB. Greater quality of well-being was associated with greater sleep satisfaction, younger age, less obesity, non-Hispanic White ethnicity, and greater experienced illumination.
These data suggest that increasing sleep duration may not directly improve quality of life, despite evidence that curtailment of nocturnal sleep is associated with fatigue.

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    • "However, our finding that psychomotor slowness was even more pronounced among long sleepers than among short sleepers calls for an explanation. One possible explanation is that long self-reported sleep duration reflects a behaviourally defined long time in bed (Jean-Louis et al., 2000; Kripke, 2004), which, in turn, may reflect a compensatory response to a failure in sleep function(s ). An alternative, but not necessarily exclusionary, explanation is that a long self-reported sleep duration represents a surrogate of pathological processes (Gangwisch et al., 2008), and consequently is a component of the individualĂ•s subjective symptom formation (Kronholm et al., 2009). "
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