T.A.T.T. Those letters may or not form a familiar acronym to you. For the uninformed, it stands for “tired all the time.”
We’ve all heard friends, family and even perfect strangers talk about their tiredness, whether chronic or brought on by recent events. It’s not a great feeling to be exhausted, and hearing someone whine over it is arguably even worse.
The new study shows that mindset can influence cognitive states in positive and negative ways. The experiment involved a group of 164 students who were told to wear high-tech new device that could analyze the quality of the sleep they had gotten the previous night. These students were then split in two, and students in the first group were told that their REM sleep the night before had been above average at 28.7. In the second group, students were told they had gotten 16.2 percent REM sleep, which is well below the average.
The result? Students in the assigned sleep-quality of high REM sleep out-performed students in the second group in tests measuring information processing and attention. The mindset of the first group played a role in these positive tests results, an effect researchers dubbed “placebo sleep.”
What does this research say to those who are chronically exhausted? Attitudes makes all the difference. That doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to reverse that “T.A.T.T.” feeling, though.
Developing better “sleep hygiene” is a holistic effort, so on top of keeping complaints and worries to a minimum, here are five simple tips that could help you feel more rested after sleep:
1. Go to bed at the same time at night and wake up at the same time in the morning
Getting on a sleeping schedule helps keep the ending and beginning of your day consistent. While it may not be possible to do this 365 days a year, try as much as possible if you want to improve your sleep hygiene.
2. Take care of your emotional health
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