If only self control was so easy – or is it? Whether we are trying to break a habit or start a new one, new research has found that a simple thing can help boost self control. This article reports on the importance of good sleep habits in relation to self control.
Psyblog reported on review on the 10th of July, 2015:
“Good sleep habits can boost attention, decision-making and the ability to resist impulses, a new review of the evidence finds.”
Sure, you have heard it all before – but what you didn’t know is that the evidence is quite compelling. The review in Frontiers of Human Neuroscience examined dozens of research papers, and found that key sleeping habits can improve the skills needed to resist impulses:
“Professor June Pilcher, who led the study, said: “Self-control is part of daily decision-making. When presented with conflicting desires and opportunities, self-control allows one to maintain control. Our study explored how sleep habits and self-control are interwoven and how sleep habits and self-control may work together to affect a person’s daily functioning… Since sleep and self-control are so intimately connected, improving sleep can help in many ways”
It seems that good sleeping habits are both a means and an end when it comes to self control and habit setting. So what are good sleeping habits? It is much more than getting to bed on time, Psyblog explains:
“Good sleep habits include going to bed at the same time every night, avoiding caffeine late in the day and allowing time to mentally wind-down before bedtime.”
It is important to set up a nightly routine (or daily if you are a shift worker) around bed time. Go to bed at around the same time every night, swap to decaffeinated beverages in the afternoon and avoid television, computer games and study immediately before sleep.