College students who don't get enough sleep are prone to blame others for their problems and to even plot revenge. This disturbing news was discussed during an academic presentation at SLEEP 2011, the 25th Anniversary Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS).
David Mastin, chief research investigator and associate professor of psychology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, says that lack of sleep is associated with counterfactual thinking and thoughts about how past events could have turned out differently.
Sleepy people also have a tendency to imagine how the actions and behavior of others could have impacted their lives. But sleepy people don't consider their own role in the outcome of events. These counterfactual thoughts can take a dark turn. According to Mastin,"The sleepier people are, in this case college students, the more likely they are to engage in thinking about what could have been, called 'counterfunctional thinking', and to engage in more thoughts about displaced aggression."
Investigators arrived at these conclusions after gathering data from 108 college students with a mean age of twenty four years, three quarters of the participants were women. Subjects provided sociodemographic data and completed self-report questionnaires on sleepiness, counterfunctional thinking and displaced aggression. Data analysis found a positive correlation between angry rumination, behavioral displaced aggression and revenge planning.
But why are sleepy people so moody? Mastin said that "Sleepier people seem to engage in counterfactual thinking that is more dissatisfied and perhaps more selfish. It may be that the sleepier you are, the more likely your musings are to be angry thoughts about how others could have done better."
What Does This Mean To You?
Although the report didn't offer suggestions for improved sleep, Mastin and his colleagues could have implications for workplace relations and interpersonal relationships. Mastin said that the findings could even "lead to a greater understanding of emotional intelligence and suggest methods of coping."
Anything can cause people to lose sleep. College life isn't easy, to remain competitive, students study long into the night. But over the long term this can have a negative impact on academic performance, interpersonal relations and physical well-being (read my article "Get Some Sleep!" for tips on improving your sleep quality.)
If you've noticed that lack of sleep is affecting your ability to think clearly and to interact with others, talk to your doctor about it. We do much better after we've had a good night's rest.
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