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Relationships between insomnia, negative emotionality and attention control

Mitchell, Laura, Mogg, Karin and Bradley, Brendan P. (2012) Relationships between insomnia, negative emotionality and attention control Sleep and Biological Rhythms

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Cognitive models propose that insomnia is maintained by negative cognitive activity and somatic anxious arousal. Attention control (ability to focus attention, control thought) may also influence insomnia, as it is thought to protect against negative cognitive activity. This study investigated relationships between insomnia and two types of negative cognitive activity: worry and rumination (associated with anxiety and depression, respectively), as well as with anxious arousal, and attention control. Participants were 196 young adults. Results indicated that worry, rumination, and anxious arousal each independently correlated with insomnia. Insomnia was also associated with the interactive effect of poor attention control and negative emotionality (combination of worry, rumination and anxious arousal). Thus, poor attention control may further contribute to sleep difficulties in individuals with high negative emotionality.

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Accepted/In Press date: 12 April 2012
Organisations: Clinical Neuroscience


Local EPrints ID: 336966
ISSN: 1446-9235
PURE UUID: fbccb5ef-53a2-4269-9203-eb0b400195a6

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Date deposited: 12 Apr 2012 10:17
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 06:05

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Author: Laura Mitchell
Author: Karin Mogg

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