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The Secret to a Good Night's Sleep Is to Have a Meaningful Life, Says Study

What, not a pill?
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Figuring out the key to a good night's sleep has been troubling humankind since noisy pterodactyls were keeping us up.*

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A run? A bath? A book? A bottle of merlot? The trick to nodding off peacefully seems to vary wildly depending which expert / irresponsible friend you're talking to.

Now, researchers from Northwestern University in the US have come up with a new suggestion for what the secret may be and it certainly doesn't come in the form of a pill. It is simply having a reason to get up in the morning.

Their researchconducted among older people, but which the team believe can be applied across all age ranges - found that people who feel their life has a sense of purpose are less prone to suffering from insomnia and poor sleep over a long period.

Lead scientist Dr Jason Ong said: "Helping people cultivate a purpose in life could be an effective drug-free strategy to improve sleep quality, particularly for a population that is facing more insomnia."

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And how exactly does one obtain a meaningful life?

"Purpose in life is something that can be cultivated and enhanced through mindfulness therapies," said Ong.

Sounds… expensive.

*We know this never actually happened, by the way.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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