Evaluating sleep for 2 weeks
The group of researchers set up a study with 100 participants aged 18 to 22 years old and asked them to keep a sleep diary for 2 weeks. Every participant had to answer the following questions in the diary after each night of sleep. At what time did you go to bed?
How long before you were ready to fall asleep?
How long before you fell asleep?
At what time did you wake up?
At what time did you get out of bed?
How satisfied were you with your sleep in general? On top of that, the participants were also asked 5 times throughout the day to rate their positive and negative emotions and how satisfied they were with their life. For the duration of 2 weeks, participants had to wear actigraphs on their wrists which measured their movement. This served as an objective way to evaluate their sleep patterns and rest cycles. There’s a disconnect between sleep data and how you feel When it comes to your sleep, you should trust your feelings. © Profimedia After the 2-week experiment concluded, the researchers compared the actigraphy data with participant’s sleep diary and reports of how they felt throughout each day. The results showed that when participants evaluated their own sleep positively, they reported positive well-being. And this was observed even when the actigraphy data suggested they actually had a bad night of sleep.“When participants reported that they slept better than they normally […]