How does humor impact sleep quality?

Dr Frank Lipman
Dec 19, 2022

How often do you laugh? Did you know that laughter and humor may enhance sleep quality? Research suggests that laughter and humor interventions may improve depressive symptoms, anxiety, and sleep quality.

Study Summary

One study with older adult participants found that a laughter intervention given 4 times per month, improved depression, insomnia and sleep quality.

Similarly a 2019 meta-analysis concluded that laughter and humor interventions decrease depression, anxiety, and enhance sleep quality for adults.

The Hearty Take

At Hearty we believe that laughter increases endorphins, positively regulates stress response, stimulates circulation and relaxes muscles. When these effects are consistent, laughter may contribute to improved sleep, anxiety and mental well-being. Add comedy and laughter into your routine!

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