Researchers believe they’ve found a link between lack of sleep and ruminative thoughts.
Add this to your list of worries when you’re tossing and turning.
Researchers at SUNY Binghamton have discovered a link between disordered sleep and intrusive, repetitive thoughts. The scientists believe these thought patterns can lead to mental health issues like anxiety, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
According to their research, sleep-deprived folks have a harder time turning away from “negative stimuli” — meaning that they’re likelier to fixate on negative situations, thoughts and feelings. For example, they might spend longer staring at a car crash and fretting about it after driving by.
For the study, scientists tracked the eye movements of 52 adults as they looked at positive, neutral and negative images. Sure enough, sleep-deprived participants were more likely to linger on the bad ones.