“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” Benjamin Franklin one wrote, and it seems as if there’s more to it than just a great outlook on a healthy night’s rest; a new study suggests that it also contributes to our overall happiness too!
While an overabundance of sleep is never a good thing, in fact, it’s a major symptom of depression, there’s no denying that the proper amount of sleep can make you feel better, work better and a great benefactor of your physical health.
This 2015 study conducted with over 7,000 U.S. adults revealed that those who got more sleep, have a higher overall well-being than those who do not. The average “well-being score” for participants who reported getting 8 hours of sleep a night was 65.7 out of 100, compared with 64.2 for those who got 7 hours of sleep and 59.4 for those who got 6 hours of sleep.
While this study cannot directly determine if getting more sleep boosts well-being or if people who have higher well-being tend to get more sleep, other surveys can shed more light on how sleep comes into play with our happiness.