Poor false sleep feedback does not affect pre-sleep cognitive arousal or subjective sleep continuity in healthy sleepers: a pilot study

Robson, Amelia, Ellis, Jason and Elder, Greg (2022) Poor false sleep feedback does not affect pre-sleep cognitive arousal or subjective sleep continuity in healthy sleepers: a pilot study. Sleep and Biological Rhythms. ISSN 1446-9235 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s41105-022-00390-9

Abstract

Purpose: Modern wearable devices calculate a numerical metric of sleep quality (sleep feedback), which are intended to allow users to monitor and, potentially, improve their sleep. This feedback may have a negative impact upon pre-sleep cognitive arousal, and subjective sleep, even in healthy sleepers, but it is not known if this is the case. This pilot study examined the impact of poor false sleep feedback, upon pre-sleep arousal and subjective sleep continuity in healthy sleepers.Methods: A total of 54 healthy sleepers (Mage = 30.19 years; SDage = 12.94 years) were randomly allocated to receive good, or poor, false sleep feedback, in the form of a numerical sleep score. Participants were informed that this feedback was a true reflection of their habitual sleep. Pre-sleep cognitive and somatic arousal was measured at baseline, immediately after the presentation of the feedback, and one week afterwards. Subjective sleep continuity was measured using sleep diaries for one week before, and after, the presentation of the feedback.Results: There were no significant differences between good and poor feedback groups in terms of pre-sleep cognitive arousal, or subjective sleep continuity, before or after the presentation of the sleep feedback.Conclusions: The presentation of false sleep feedback, irrespective of direction (good vs. poor) does not negatively affect pre-sleep cognitive arousal or subjective sleep continuity in healthy sleepers. Whilst the one-off presentation of sleep feedback does not negatively affect subjective sleep, the impact of more frequent sleep feedback upon sleep should be examined.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sleep feedback, sleep tracker, pre-sleep cognitive arousal
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 03 May 2022 12:11
Last Modified: 16 May 2022 14:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/49018

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