Insomniacs cannot forget cringe-worthy mistakes they have made in the past

Insomniacs cannot forget cringe-worthful mistakes they have made in the past because they do not get enough sleep to help their brains resolve feelings of shame.

  • If you fell over in public today, you probably won't be ashamed of it tomorrow
  • However, the same does not apply to insomniacs, a team of researchers has found
  • Dutch scientists asked dozens of volunteers to relive cringe-worthy mistakes
  • The team also took MRI scans, hoping to notice a change in brain activity

Sleep has helped you to overcome embarrassing moments, scientific research has found.

It seems that getting a good night's sleep helps your brain to resolve emotions and help you deal with cringe-worthy episodes in life.

But scientists discovered that sleepless people are still being scorned by embarrassing moments.

It is speculated that their brains have not had a chance to deal with the episode.

Researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience based on their research into 27 people with insomnia and 30 normal sleepers.

If you fell over in public today, it is likely that you will no longer think about it and that the shame will be over tomorrow. However, the same does not apply to sleepless people, researchers discovered

If you fell over in public today, it is likely that you will no longer think about it and that the shame will be over tomorrow. However, the same does not apply to sleepless people, researchers discovered

They were all asked to remember their most disgraceful experiences of decades ago while making MRI scans of their brain activity.

They were then asked to do the same after the night's rest.

While good sleepers arranged those experiences in their heads as neutralized memories, people with insomnia were unable to do that.

The brain wave patterns seen in the good sleepers showed that the feelings were neutralized, with little response in the area of ​​the brain, the limbic system that controls emotions.

But people with insomnia showed a strong reaction in this area.

The participants were also asked to assess their level of shame on a numbered scale.

The finding suggests that insomnia can be linked to failure to neutralize emotional stress.

WHAT IS INSOMNIA?

Insomnia means that you regularly have trouble sleeping. Usually it becomes better by changing your sleeping habits.

You have insomnia if you regularly: find it difficult to fall asleep, & wake up several times at night, & # 39; lie awake at night, wake up early and cannot sleep anymore, are still tired after waking up

Everyone needs different amounts of sleep. On average adults need 7 to 9 hours, while children need 9 to 13 hours.

You probably won't get enough sleep if you are constantly tired during the day.

The most common causes of insomnia are: stress, anxiety or depression, excessive noise, an uncomfortable bed or alcohol, caffeine or nicotine.

Insomnia usually gets better by changing your sleeping habits. For example, go to bed and wake up at the same time each day and only go to bed when you are tired.

Source: NHS

The findings were published in the journal Brain.

Co-author Rick Wassing said: & # 39; Say as & # 39; sleep on it & # 39; to & # 39; get things out of your head & # 39; reflect our nocturnal digestion of daytime experiences.

& # 39; Brain research now shows that only good sleepers benefit from sleep when it comes to shaking off emotional tension.

& # 39; The process does not work well with people with insomnia. In fact, their restless nights can make them feel worse. & # 39;

In a connected study published in the journal Sleep, the researchers included participants to sing along in karaoke style in a microphone.

Headphones prevent them from hearing their own voice and finding the right pitch. Their singing was recorded and later played.

The scientists discovered that participants had intense shame when listening to their own false solo singing.

But after listening after a good night's sleep, they no longer felt so sad about it.

However, the researchers said that people with insomnia were even more upset after a restless night.

About seven percent of people suffer from insomnia.