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Putting anger to the test after a night of poor sleep

Putting anger to the test after a night of poor sleep
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We’ve all heard the expression you woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.

It’s no secret that sleep deprivation can aggravate pre-existing mood disturbances, such as depression, and anxiety, and can lead to fatigue, and lack of vigor. In a new study recently published by the American Academy of Sleep, researchers conclude a poor night's rest also ends up ramping up one’s anger the next day.

“The results are important because they provide strong causal evidence that sleep restriction increases anger and increases frustration over time,” says Dr. Zlatan Krizan, a professor of psychology at Iowa State University, in a release. “Moreover, the results from the daily diary study suggest such effects translate to everyday life, as young adults reported more anger in the afternoon on days they slept less.”

According to Dr. Zlatan Krizan, 8 hours of sleep is recommended on a daily basis. 

The problem, however, is Canadians are spending more time in bed amid the pandemic, but they are sleeping less than before the coronavirus took hold in March.

According to a new survey published on August 18, Toronto’s Leva Sleep suggests that COVID-19 and politics are keeping Canadians up at night.

According to Leva’s study, 54 per cent of women and 46 per cent of men surveyed are losing more sleep than before— and that COVID-anxiety accounts for a statistically high proportion of Canadians’ reported sleep deprivation.

Sleep plays an important role in your physical health and so Cat and Claudia took to the airwaves in search of that one listener who actually gets 8 hours of sleep every night.

Listen above and tune in to the 5@7 every Monday - Thursday between 5:00 and 7:00. 

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