The less sleep we get, the more negative we become. This, from a study at Karolinska Institute that analyzed 117 participants.

Researchers sought to explore how sleep deprivation affects us emotionally: specifically, our mood and our ability to regulate emotions.

The team found that sleep deprivation leads to a more negative attitude and poor emotional regulation—of which can contribute to the development of mental illnesses like depression.

Researchers say these findings help us to better understand the importance of sleep and the role it plays in our mental health.


(2019, April 8). A sleep-deprived brain interprets impressions negatively. NeuroscienceNews. Retrieved from

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Taylor Bennett is the Content Development Manager at Thriveworks. She devotes herself to distributing important information about mental health and wellbeing, writing mental health news and self-improvement tips daily. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism, with minors in professional writing and leadership from Virginia Tech. She is a co-author of Leaving Depression Behind: An Interactive, Choose Your Path Book and has published content on Thought Catalog, Odyssey, and The Traveling Parent.

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