Emotional Lability and Insomnia Linked

Markus Jansson-Fröjmark PhD Associate professor, clinical psychologist Department of Psychology Stockholm University
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Markus Jansson-Fröjmark PhD

Associate professor, clinical psychologist
Department of Psychology
Stockholm University


Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: There is ample evidence suggesting that how people regulate their emotions might influence several types of psychopathology, including anxiety and mood disorders. The purpose of our longitudinal investigation was therefore to examine the association between emotion regulation and how insomnia develops over time. Our main finding was that people whose ability to regulate their emotions had diminished were more likely to develop insomnia and that it was more likely to be persistent. A reduced ability to regulate emotions was associated with an 11% increased risk of developing a new bout of insomnia or reporting persistent insomnia. For anyone that has to deal with insomnia on a daily basis, they may find that is can effect a large part of their lives. Sleep is important for even, as it allows us all to function properly throughout the day. When it comes to Insomnia, there is medication out there that people can take that may help them with this issue. A popular method of treatment is through the use of medical marijuana. If this is something that you have been planning on trying, you would need to obtain your medical marijuana card in Cincinnati (if you live in this city) before you could start receiving product. Hopefully this will help with your insomnia and provide you with a better quality of sleep.

Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?

Response: Given the limited evidence so far on the topic, it is still too early to state the implications for clinicians and patients. Having said that, it is nevertheless possible that our findings might suggest that teaching people strategies for regulating their emotions might help prevent new cases of insomnia to occur and decrease the risk of persistent insomnia. This notion has, however, not been tested among those with a risk of developing new insomnia or those with persistent insomnia.

Medical Research: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: Our recommendations are that experimental studies are carried out. In such investigations, emotion regulation could be increased to examine the subsequent effect on insomnia symptoms. Also, we recommend that clinically-oriented studies could explore whether interventions for emotion regulation could influence insomnia symptoms.


Markus Jansson-Fröjmark, Annika Norell-Clarke, Steven J. Linton. The role of emotion dysregulation in insomnia: Longitudinal findings from a large community sample. British Journal of Health Psychology, 2015; DOI: 10.1111/bjhp.12147

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Last Updated on September 12, 2015 by Marie Benz MD FAAD