Is there really a connection between sleep and emotions? Indeed, there is!
Sleep affects our emotions
According to what U.P. Wagner claims in Overnight therapy? The role of sleep in emotional brain processing, sleep has a substantial effect on the consolidation of our emotional memory. On the contrary, sleep deprivation causes numerous problems, for example by altering this process. Lack of sleep leads to a transformation of our episodic memory, resulting in a negative representation of our emotions. Another study conducted by Eti Ben Simon draws the same conclusions, indicating how REM sleep deprivation impairs the cognitive control of our emotions. Practically speaking, after just one sleepless night, a person risks having a bad reaction to pretty much any stimulus because he/she is unable to discern if something emotionally significant is happening or not. The research sheds light on how the activity of the amygdala can suffer serious interferences from sleep deprivation.
It therefore would seem that science is discovering the reason why we are irritable and of a sour mood when we don’t get enough sleep.
Our emotions affect the way we sleep
And there’s more: Caterina Lombardo, Professor of Clinical Psychology at La Sapienza University in Rome, argues that “emotions interfere with our sleep by altering the general level of activation needed to rest well”, In other words, a fight with our partner before going to bed has negative effects on the way we sleep, whereas a relaxing chat has positive and reinvigorating effects on our wellbeing at night.
These studies are still too much in their early stages for us to draw exhaustive conclusions, but there is no question that the interactions between sleep and emotions are bidirectional:
• on one hand, sleep affects our mood the next day
• on the other, sleep is affected by the emotions we had before going to bed.
What we have is a circular relationship, which is why it becomes more and more important to keep our sensations under control and to avoid situations that may get us upset, having a firm grip on our emotional balance and learning to put things in the right order of priority. Which is easier said than done. But it’s never too late to start learning how, wouldn’t you agree?
Harmonizing sleep and emotions thanks to a mattress
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