Are you a positive person? Chances are you sleep better than your more pessimistic counterparts.
Researchers from the University of Illinois found that optimistic people sleep better and longer, typically 6 to 9 hours a night. According to the study, people with high levels of optimism not only slept better but they reported having less fatigue during the day.
While the scientists aren’t sure of the exact mechanism through which optimism influences sleep patterns, they hypothesize that positivity may buffer the effects of stress by promoting adaptive coping, which enables optimists to rest peacefully.
The findings, published recently in the journal Behavioral Medicine, found that optimists ages 45-84 were twice as likely to have ideal heart health.