People who go to bed late at night often have more negative thoughts than those who keep regular hours, according to new research in the journal of Cognitive Therapy and Research.
To find this out, scientists asked 100 young adults at Binghamton University to complete questionnaires and tasks designed to measure how much students worried. They were then asked about their sleeping hours.
They found that those with repetitive negative thoughts and worries were the ones who slept less - and suggested that a change of bedtime could be a way to help alleviate suffering.
“Making sure that sleep is obtained during the right time of day may be an inexpensive and easily disseminable intervention for individuals who are bothered by intrusive thoughts,” said lead author Jacob Nota.