If you’ve ever taken the time to pray for sleep after a bad day, chances are you’ve had your prayers answered.
And with more people praying for the same things, prayer can sometimes feel like a chore to follow.
However, a new study suggests that prayers for sleep might actually be the best thing you can do.
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The study, which was conducted by Dr. Rama Goyal of the University of Michigan, looked at a range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders.
And the results were surprising.
According to Goyal, praying for a good night’s sleep is an effective way to combat insomnia, anxiety and depression.
“Sleep deprivation can have devastating effects on mood and functioning,” Goyal told Business Insider.
“So, when we pray for a safe night’s rest, it is likely that our prayers will have an impact on the state of our mind and physical health.”
Goyal and her colleagues looked at the impact prayer had on the health of over 1,000 adults over a three-year period.
They found that, in some cases, the number of people praying dropped as they prayed.
The people who were most likely to pray more often were those who felt better mentally and physically.
“When we look at the overall health of people, the prayer effect is an important piece of that puzzle,” Goy said.
In the study, the researchers asked people to complete a survey about their health and well-being, which included a question about their sleep habits.
The researchers also collected information about people’s psychological health, and the researchers then asked people what prayer they were most grateful for during the day.
Those who were more likely to be grateful for prayer during the workday were more than twice as likely to report that they had more or better mental and physical well-feeling during the night.
“There was a significant relationship between prayer and mental and cognitive well-functioning, which is not something you usually see with exercise or exercise-related physical health measures,” Goya said.
“It’s very likely that we are doing a lot more with prayer than we are with physical exercise,” she said.
The study found that people who prayed more often reported greater happiness and increased well-feelings during the time they were praying.
But the most important thing to remember is that these positive mental and emotional outcomes don’t last forever, she said, adding that prayer can be a good habit.
“I think it’s really important that people do this, because it can have positive effects on our mental and bodily health in general,” Gao said.
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Dr. Goyal said the most significant impact of prayer during our daily lives is the feeling of happiness and well being.
“What we see in people’s minds is the effect of prayer on the physical and mental health,” she told Business News Daily.
“And it can make people feel better, and it can help them manage their stress levels.”
Goya said that people’s happiness and mental well-well-being can change as they get older, and she also thinks prayer can play a role in that process.
“The older we get, the more we pray,” Gazon said.
“It’s really about having a faith that you’re doing something right.”
Goy said people should try to find ways to pray at least once a day.
“If you can pray once a week, you can get some peace, and you can make yourself more aware of the things you want to pray,” she added.
“If you’re really struggling with a problem or you need a change in your routine, you really should do it.”
Dr. Rita Goyal is a psychiatrist at the University at Buffalo.
Her research focuses on the role of religion in the mental health of young people.
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