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Improve your sleep by having a sense of purpose

Cultivate a sense of meaning to get better sleep

by Psychologies

Having a clear sense of purpose in life is linked to better sleep, even for people who experience sleep apnea, reveals a new study

Researchers suggest that cultivating meaning could therefore be a drug-free way to improve sleep problems. This is the first study to see this connection over a long period of time, with people being 63 per cent less likely to have difficulties when they felt their life was fulfilled.

'These findings provide support for the hypothesis that a higher level of meaning and purpose in life among older adults is related to better sleep quality and appears to be protective against symptoms of sleep apnea and RLS.'

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