A team of researchers from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, concluded that the quality of sleep may be related to a person’s religious affiliation.
The study involved 1.5 thousand people. During the survey, they answered questions about their religious affiliation, perception of paradise, and also assessed the quality of their sleep and, in particular, difficulty falling asleep and its duration.
It turned out that 73% of atheists and agnostics sleep 7 or more hours, as recommended by experts from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. But only 63% of Catholics and 55% of Baptists could boast the same amount of sleep. Atheists and agnostics also found it easier to fall asleep.
Interestingly, the religious participants in the experiment, who regularly got enough sleep, were more likely to believe that they would go to heaven. But with the ability to quickly and easily fall asleep, faith in the existence of the promised paradise was in no way connected. According to the researchers, quality sleep leads to a more optimistic outlook on life, which in this case manifests itself in the form of a positive outlook on the future, that is, getting into heaven.
According to researchers, poor sleep undermines a person’s ability to live up to the core values of the church: being a positive member of society, expressing love and compassion (rather than anger and judgment), and being honest in thought and behavior. Perhaps, they suggest, improving sleep will help people strengthen their own faith.