Quality of Daily Routines May Indicate Quality of Sleep

Difficulty sleeping is a serious issue that affects scores of people in various stages of life, and which can have a debilitating impact on careers, relationships, and overall quality of life. Understanding how sleep cycles are influenced by daily activities and personal factors is an important pursuit among researchers, and breakthroughs can have a profound benefit for people suffering from poor sleep efficiency, difficulty falling asleep, and other associated challenges. The elderly population was the subject of a recent study investigating the relationship between daily routines and sleep quality, with research based at the University of Haifa in Israel and focused on a group of mature adults aged fifty eight to eight nine. The research found that a steady maintenance of daily routines among participants contributed to better sleep.

Participants were involved in a year-long examination of their sleep quality as compared to the regularity of their daily routines. These routines were distinguished between those that were basic, including simple acts of eating and dressing, and those that involved outside elements such as the use of public transportation or attending medical appointments. Numerous inventories and scales were used to document the regularity and quality of routines, and researchers found that there was a direct relationship between consistent simple routine performance and improved sleep in terms of efficiency, quality, and the time needed to fall asleep at night.

The researchers have noted that while many theories surrounding sleep quality focus on light, the study may help gain support for the idea that improved self-regulation can directly influence sleep. As elderly people often face pronounced changes in sleep quality as they age, the work suggests that easily-adoptable steps towards improvement may be available.

© Copyright 2010 by By Noah Rubinstein, LMFT, LMHC, therapist in Olympia, Washington. All Rights Reserved. Permission to publish granted to GoodTherapy.org.

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  • Theron Parnell

    Theron Parnell

    April 6th, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    So does this mean that those who enjoy their activities sleep better? If it is so, I am not too surprized because you see, if a person is content with what he/she is doing and has been through the entire day, he/she can sleep easy and in fact enjoy the sleep. There is nothing troublsome going on in the person’s mind and this helps the person to have calm.

  • Margaret


    April 7th, 2010 at 5:23 AM

    It is a cycle. If you sleep well at night then things are obviously going to hold more promise and pleasure for you during the day. And then if you find pleasure and satisfation in your daily actions then of course you are going to sleep better at night. I know that on nights when my sleep at night is off then my performance the next day suffers, and then I lie in bed that night worrying over the things that I did not get accomplished during the day!

    There can never enough be said about the benefits of a good noghts restful sleep. It just makes everything so much better! :)

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