To Improve Emotional Regulation, Encourage Sleep

It seems like the most popular metric for someone’s success these days is just how busy they are. If your schedule is jam packed and you’re constantly sleep-deprived, the thinking goes, then you must be really important.

But research shows that more sleep doesn’t just have health and cognitive benefits, it also increases people’s ability to regulate their emotions:

An abundance of research indicates that people who experience disrupted sleep, including obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia, are at dramatically elevated risk for depression and other psychiatric disorders. Insomnia is an important risk factor for depression, and has also been linked to a sharply increased risk of suicide among people who suffer from depression.

Given that anxiety and depression are public health crises that cost US employers $23 billion annually, perhaps encouraging employees to get more sleep would be a more effective way of keeping them at work.

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