Is Your Personality Ruining Your Sleep?

by | Jan 24, 2019

Is there anything worse than a bad night’s sleep? Just because you’ve set aside eight hours to catch up on shut-eye, doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll doze off straight away. 

While it’s no secret that mood or anxiety might play a part in a restless night, a new study has shed light on how your personality can affect the quality of your zzzs.

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Analysing, 2224 patients suffering from insomnia between 2010 and 2016, a team of researchers from Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience found a link between insomnia and five personality types. 

The five different personalities are:

  • “Highly distressed” – people who are wired or anxious before bedtime while also prone to depression. 
  • “Moderately distressed, reward-sensitive” – again, they’re wired before sleep, but aren’t necessarily always having negative thoughts. They reported higher than average levels of insomnia due to stress 
  • “Moderately distressed, reward-insensitive” – unlike the second personality type, these people tend to be unhappy or pessimistic. Although, often in a negative mood, these personalities aren’t as likely to have diagnosed depression as type 2. 
  • “Slightly distressed, high reactivity” – This personality is like to have insomnia because of life events – financial or relationship difficulties. Their troubles with insomnia also tend to last longer. 
  • “Slightly distressed, low reactivity”  – like type 4, this personality struggles because of life events, but they don’t necessarily feel the effects as heavily. More likely to be diagnosed later in life and show high levels of demotivation. 

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According to sleep specialist Rafael Pelayo from the Stanford Sleep Medicine Centre, this is what researchers have believed for years. 

“People sleep best in states of serenity,” he explained in an interview with Health“You sleep best when you feel safe, comfortable, and loved.”

Pelayo suggests that when you go to bed in a restless state, your body will stay awake, waiting for the troubles to pass.

“It goes into a mode of sleeping where it sleeps in spurts and gets as little sleep as possible,” he said. “And that’s what insomnia is—it’s this kind of survival mode of sleeping.”

It’s a similar story with perfectionists. Often, their brains won’t rest with any problems unsolved. 

“People who are perfectionists or have obsessive-compulsive disorder tend toward insomnia because they try to fix things, and you only fix things by staying awake,” he adds. “[Insomnia] can be a thinker’s condition.”

If you’re struggling with shut-eye at night, it’s important to address the problem. Insomnia is treatable, so check-in with your GP who can refer you to a sleep specialist. After all, who doesn’t deserve a full eight hours?

This article originally appeared on Men’s Health

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It’s been labelled the shadow pandemic and the fact remains that for many women across Australia, domestic violence is a lived reality that doesn’t discriminate by age, occupation, or socio-economic status. Researchers have found that during Covid-19 lockdowns, there was a surge in family and domestic violence, with agencies experiencing a surge in demand as nearly half their clients reported an increase in controlling behaviours. 

As many who have lived through such turmoil and trauma can attest, the roadmap to fleeing such situations at home can be fraught with challenges and extremely difficult to navigate, particularly when such bureaucracy makes it even harder. Now, it’s been announced that women fleeing a violent relationship will be given a one-off $5,000 payment as part of a federal government trial scheme. 

Known as the “escaping violence payment scheme,” the government has set aside $144.5 million over the next two years to give women $1,500 cash, with the remainder to pay for goods and services, bond, school fees and other necessaries to establish a new safe home. UnitingCare Network will be tasked with delivering the payments while helping link women and their children with relevant community services. 

As the Daily Telegraph reports, “An analysis of domestic violence data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that while it is more common for women from poorer areas, women from high socio-economic areas are not immune from experiencing partner violence.”

As Women’s Safety Minister Anne Ruston explained, the trial has been introduced with the aim to help women overcome the financial barriers that might deter them from leaving a violent relationship. “We know that financial hardship as well as economic abuse - which may involve interfering with work or controlling or withholding money - reduces women’s ability to acquire and use money and makes it difficult to leave violent relationships,” she said. 

“The payments will assist people who need financial support to leave. We know the size of the house a woman is fleeing doesn’t matter. Often she bundles the kids into the car, maybe the dog too and they leave with nothing more than the clothes on their backs.”

To be eligible for a payment, women must be facing financial stress and have some evidence of domestic violence such as a referral from a family and domestic violence service provider with a risk assessment and safety plan, or an AVO, court order or police report. As UnitingCare Australia National Director Claerwen Little said, “We believe that all people, especially women and their children, have the right to live freely and without fear, and this payment is an important step forward to ending violence against women and children.”

If you require immediate assistance, please call 000.

If you’d like to speak to someone about domestic violence, please call the 1800 

Respect hotline on 1800 737 732 or chat online. 

Under 25? You can reach Kids Helpline at 1800 55 1800 or chat online.