Lying to yourself is usually a bad idea, but when it comes to sleep, it just might be the best thing you can do.
New research shows that people who believe they’ve had a good night’s sleep will function as though they have.
Experts at Colorado Collage in the U.S told students that they had a way of measuring how well pupils slept the night before – even though this technology didn’t actually exist – cheeky devils.
They then gave them each memory and attention tests to take and found that those who were told they had a deep sleep even when they hadn’t, performed much better than those who thought they slept poorly.
This phenomenon is known as ‘placebo sleep’ because it has a lot to do with a person’s mind set and how they feel about something.
So remember folks, the next time you feel you haven’t had enough sleep – just tell yourself you have.