Your sleep models can explain why you believe ghosts, says a new study

The way you rest can also be linked to whether or not you believe extraterrestrials.

Sometimes it is a bump in the night that puts your mind to run. In other cases, it may have a glimpse of something that you only manage to see from the corner of your eye. And often it can be a strange feeling of discomfort or dread that you cannot quite put your finger. In one of these cases, someone Views of the paranormal Can affect the way they interpret inexplicable or mysterious things that happen to them. But according to a new study, it is your sleep models that could also explain why you believe ghosts in the first place. Read the rest to see how the quality of your Shuteye could play a role.

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A new study revealed that the quality of sleep could determine your belief in ghosts.

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Even if you have had a scary experience, new research shows that there can be another reason for your belief in minds . A recent study by a team from the University of London published on January 11 in the Journal of Sleep Research gathered 8,853 participants who were at least 18 years old and conducted an investigation. Everyone was asked about their Personal opinions on the paranormal And questions to help assess their quality of sleep, including things such as sleep latency, sleep efficiency, sleep duration and symptoms of insomnia, The independent reports.

The analysis of the responses revealed that those who took more time to fall asleep, did not sleep as much once they went to bed, slept shorter nights or had more symptoms of insomnia were more likely to believe in paranormal activity, even when controlling demographic demography factors such as age and sex. According to the team, this understood "the soul living after death, the existence of ghosts, that some people can contact the dead, that the NDEs [experiences of near death] are proofs of life after death , that demons exist and that the extraterrestrials visited the earth. "

Opinions on other paranormal activities could also be affected by your Shuteye levels.

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But it was not only a poor quality of sleep that the study was linked to being less skeptical about the strange and the unusual. Participants who declared that they had experienced symptoms of sleep disorders such as " Explosive head syndrome "(EHS) or sleep paralysis were more likely to believe that extraterrestrials visited the earth. They also established a link between people who have undergone sleep paralysis and believe that imminent death experiences - or telling Strange visions out of the body or inexplicable during serious trauma - could be considered as proof of life after death, The independent reports.

According to the research team, EHS is described as a sleep disorder that means that people hear an explosion or a strong noise in their heads while making the transition between being awake and falling asleep, even if the sound is Not really audible for someone else. Sleep paralysis is defined as "a temporary incapacity to move generally occurring at the start of sleep or when awake".

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Holding such beliefs could create anxiety that decreases the quality of sleep.

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The research team explains that even if there was a linear correlation between the beliefs of certain participants and the quality of sleep, there was a "U" relationship with others - including the belief that the soul lives after death. This means that those who have a very strong faith in the beyond have reported fewer symptoms of insomnia than those who have intermediate views.

"If these results are reproduced, an explanation possible of these results is that uncertainty and indecision (in this case uncertain beliefs) can lead to anxiety, which in turn can interfere with sleep", have writes researchers.

The team admitted that there were limits to the study and that more research should be carried out.

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The results of the study revealed that overall, "12.7% of the participants believe that the soul will live after death, 8.1% believe that the existence of ghosts, 5.6% of proofs of Life after death, 4.7% believe in the existence of demons, and 3.4% think that foreigners visited the earth / interagi with humans. "But researchers warned that experience was limited because that participants were self-selected and "unlikely to be representative of the general population", adding that "other phenomena that can contribute to these beliefs have not been assessed". AE0FCC31AE342FD3A1346EBB1F342FCB

However, the team also said that their results may still help the medical field to better assess certain patients. "The results obtained here indicate that there are associations between beliefs in paranormal and various sleep variables," finally concluded the team. "The results of the study can help support patient experiences by increasing the understanding of health practitioners with regard to people who report such events", adding that this could also help health care providers Avoid erroneous diagnoses of psychiatric disorders which have symptoms similar to certain sleep experiences.

"The mechanisms underlying these associations are probably complex and must be explored in more detail to fully understand why people sometimes signal" things that are going to work in the night, "they wrote.

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