How Good Sleep Makes You Happy as a Lottery Winner
You don’t have to hit the jackpot to reap the health and happiness benefits of being a big-money winner. Turns out, all you need is sleep.
Quality sleep leaves people with a boost in happiness comparable to those who’ve won about $255,000 in U.S. dollars (£200,000), according to a study published in a recent issue of the journal Sleep, where researchers from the University of Warwick studied more than 30,500 U.K. residents across four years.
It’s not just how much sleep you get, but the quality of sleep that make you feel like you’ve struck it rich, according to the study. Snoozing longer, better, and with the help of less sleep medication was correlated with improved physical health and emotional well-being, along with the ability to perform everyday activities.
How does it work? Researchers analyzed people’s scores on the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ), a screening tool that looks at mental health and well-being that uses a points system. People who’d won a medium-size jackpot experienced a two-point increase in wellness on the GHQ two years after winning – which is the same increase reported by people who improved their sleep. Undergoing an eight-week mindfulness program in cognitive therapy also produced similar effects.
“We are far from demonstrating a causal relationship, but the current findings suggest that a positive change in sleep is linked to better physical and mental well-being further down the line,” said lead researcher Nicole Tang in a news release.
While more research needs to be done to explore exactly what’s responsible for the boosted scores, it’s clear that quality shut-eye can’t hurt. Don’t leave your happiness and health to chance – focus on everything you can do to sleep better, and you’ll be a winner whether your random numbers are called or not.
So, in addition to guessing those random numbers for the chance to get paid quick, focus on your Sleep Number settings to help you get the quality sleep that counts. Sleep Number customers who adjust the firmness of their bed — their Sleep Number® setting — are 58 percent more likely to have improved sleep quality.* SleepIQ® technology inside the beds lets you track and optimize your sleep so you know how to adjust for your best night’s sleep, and Sleep Number research shows people who used SleepIQ® technology experienced improved sleep quality and more restful time in bed.
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*Increase measured in a 2015 Select Comfort study including 1,079 individual participants.