Is daily routine important for sleep? An investigation of social rhythms in a clinical insomnia population

Taryn G. Moss, Colleen E. Carney, Patricia Haynes, Andrea L. Harris

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Abstract

Social rhythms, also known as daily routines (e.g. exercise, of school or work, recreation, social activities), have been identified as potential time cues to help to regulate the biological clock. Past research has shown links between regularity and healthy sleep. This study examined the regularity and frequency of daytime activities in a clinical insomnia population and a good sleeper comparison group. Participants (N=69) prospectively monitored their sleep and daily activities for a 2-week period. Although participants with insomnia and good sleepers had similar levels of activity, relative to good sleepers, those with insomnia were less regular in their activities. Findings from this study add to the growing number of studies that highlight the relative importance of the regularity of daytime activities on sleep. Accordingly, future research should test treatment components that focus on regulating daytime activities, which would likely improve treatment outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)92-102
Number of pages11
JournalChronobiology International
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015

Keywords

  • Insomnia
  • Regularity
  • Routine
  • SRM
  • Sleep
  • Social rhythms
  • Time cue
  • Zeitgeber

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)

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