Link Between Sleep Disorders and Believing in Paranormal Phenomena
Belief In Paranormal Phenomena May Be Linked To Sleep Disorders, According To A New British Study
A new study published in the Journal of Sleep Research by a group of British researchers has found a link between belief in paranormal phenomena and some sleep disorders.
The research looked at almost 9,000 participants aged 18 and above and concluded that those who believed in ghosts, demons, aliens, the ability to communicate with the dead or life after death, experienced issues with sleeping. The participants showed symptoms such as poorer sleep quality, longer latency, fewer hours of sleep and increased insomnia.
Those who believed in alien visitation in particular also experienced sleep paralysis and exploding head syndrome. Sleep paralysis involves a brief inability to move when waking up or falling asleep, whereas exploding head syndrome includes auditory and visual hallucinations.
The researchers hypothesized that people who experience auditory and visual hallucinations while sleeping may interpret them as proof of paranormal activity, which could explain the link between paranormal belief and poor sleep. This hypothesis also suggests that these mysterious phenomena could generate anxiety in people, further interfering with sleep quality.
To gain a better understanding of the association between belief in paranormal phenomena and sleep disorders, more precise and representative studies must be conducted. The authors of the study reported that new information could better equip the scientific community to fight sleep disorders by using “psychoeducation.”