Impact of Insomnia on Optimism: A Predictor Factor among Young Adults in Indian Context

Manisha Choudhury*, Aprajita Jayaswal and Parul Singh

Impact of Insomnia on Optimism: A Predictor Factor among Young Adults in Indian Context.

Emerging research supports the findings that nocturnal sleep is one of the most important aspects of our life for maintaining a sound physical and mental health. Various research studies
indicate that sleeping less than 7-hours as well as sleeping more than 8-hours is closely linked to an increased susceptibility to a broad range of physical and psychological health problems, such
as ranging from poor vigilance and memory to reduced mental and physical reaction times, reduced motivation, depression, insomnia, metabolic abnormalities, obesity, immune impairment, and even a greater risk of coronary heart disease and even cancer.

Numerous research studies also reveal significant results which indicate that sleep deprivation among young adults tends to interfere with the mechanism which is responsible for regulating
personality characteristics including optimism, with increased risk for anxiety, negative mood, impulsivity, and inability to cope up with social stresses.

Compared to the research studies conducted on the consequences of poor sleep, there is inadequate evidence regarding the association between sleep duration with positive individual
characteristics. According to the data published by National Sleep Foundation revealed that individuals who had an average sleeping duration of 7-8-hours reported to have better mental satisfaction with life compared to the other group of individuals who had a sleeping duration of less than 6-hours a night.

Various other studies revealed a strong association between ample sleep duration and short
sleep onset latency resulting in higher optimism in children. Most of the research studies say that lack of sleep may lead to a comorbid condition which could be anxiety and depressive symptoms and also lack of optimism. In the present study, we, therefore, tested associations of sleep parameters with optimism.

Psychol Cogn Sci Open J. 2019; 5(1): 37-41. doi: 10.17140/PCSOJ-5-147