By Neuroscience News
Monitoring time while trying to sleep can exacerbate insomnia and increase the use of sleep aids.
The study involved nearly 5,000 patients from a sleep clinic, and found that the stress of estimating sleep durations significantly impeded the ability to fall asleep.
Consequently, the frustration led to a higher likelihood of using sleep aids.
The study suggests a simple behavioral intervention, such as avoiding checking the time, can help alleviate insomnia.