Predicting sleep quality from stress and prior sleep - A study of day-to-day covariation across six weeks

ArticleinSleep Medicine 13(6):674-9 · May 2012with73 Reads
DOI: 10.1016/j.sleep.2011.12.013 · Source: PubMed
The connection between stress and sleep is well established in cross-sectional questionnaire studies and in a few prospective studies. Here, the intention was to study the link between stress and sleep on a day-to-day basis across 42 days. Fifty participants kept a sleep/wake diary across 42 days and responded to daily questions on sleep and stress. The results were analyzed with a mixed model approach using stress during the prior day to predict morning ratings of sleep quality. The results showed that bedtime stress and worries were the main predictors of sleep quality, but that, also, late awakening, short prior sleep, high quality of prior sleep, and good health the prior day predicted higher sleep quality. Stress during the day predicts subsequent sleep quality on a day-to-day basis across 42 days. The observed range of variation in stress/worries was modest, which is why it is suggested that the present data underestimates the impact of stress on subsequent sleep quality.
    • "Second, we assessed general or trait worry, not nighttime sleep-related worry. Research documents that nighttime sleep-related worry and stress near bedtime are associated with sleep impairment (Åkerstedt et al., 2012; Lancee, Eisma, van Zantem, & Topper, 2015), which in turn, may increase presleep arousal (Yeh, Wung, & Lin, 2015) that persists into and disrupts sleep. Based on this pattern, it is possible that African Americans engage both in reflection on previous discrimination experiences and worry about future experiences of discrimination at the end of the day. "
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