Sleeping is a great pleasure, but it is also an essential need for the proper functioning of our body. On average, a person is advised to sleep between 7 and 9 a.m.. If these numbers are changed for long periods of time, problems may occur, both physically and psychologically. For example, good rest is necessary to reduce stress levels, repair necessary memories or have good cardiovascular health. Unfortunately, many people struggle with insomnia that prevents them from reaching those hours of sleep. This can be due to many reasons, from everyday stress to your religious beliefs. The latter may sound crazy, but it’s what a recent article is about, which concludes that atheists sleep better.
What they fail to explain in this book, recently published in the journal sleepingis why this curious phenomenon seems to occur.
Atheists sleep better and so do agnostics
The authors of this study, Baylor UniversityThey used data from Baylor Religion Survey, whose participants answered a series of questions about their religious habits. Among them there were also problems related to their sleep routines, so it was possible to verify if there was a relationship. So that was it.
For the sample to be sufficiently representative, both atheists and agnostics were quantified in a single group. On the other side were those who claimed to have a certain religious belief. The latter were divided into two groups, the Catholics and the Baptists. There were not enough people of another religion to be able to do a statistically significant study. Together they were 1,501 people who participated in the study.
Among them, they observed that agnostics and atheists sleep better, because precisely 73% had sleep patterns longer than 7 hours. Instead, it only happened with 63% Catholic and 55% Baptist.
And what is it due to?
Although it seems contradictory, the survey also shows that participants who slept for more than seven hours thought they had a more chance to go to heaven. However, this perception was not related to the ability to fall asleep, so there were not more believers among those who slept better. In short, people without established religious beliefs have an easier time sleeping; but why?
This is something that, at least for now, researchers have not been able to answer. For now, his theory is that getting enough sleep brings higher doses of optimism, hence the beliefs of going to heaven among religious people. But why atheists sleep better is unclear. It is often said that to fall asleep it is important to have a clear conscience. Does this mean that those who believe in nothing better silence their conscience? More surveys and more research will be needed to answer this question. To begin with, according to the authors themselves, the sample should be enlarged by repeating the procedure in other countrieswith people of other faiths, since this only includes Americans of two specific religions.
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