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Sleep Problems And Personality Types

Updated on September 24, 2009


Sleep Problems And Personality Types


There are some folks who fall asleep easily and can sleep anywhere even while sitting. While there are others who find it hard to fall asleep and if they fell asleep, they are easily awakened by a slight noise,


The people who have difficulty in sleeping have been studied  by many researchers  and the results are tabulated below, in a comparison between a good sleeper and a poor sleeper.



Good Sleepers                                                     Poor Sleepers


Sleep soundly                                                       drift into light sleep

Awaken less readily                                              awaken more readily

Feel outside stimulus less                                      react to outside stimulus

Get more hours of sleep                                         get fewer hours of sleep

Give accurate estimate of time                               are vague or exaggerated about how

required to fall asleep                                            long it took to fall asleep

Have lower body temperature                                have higher body temperature

Have slower pulse                                                  have much faster pulse

Sleep more quietly                                                  sleep more restlessly

Do more  REM (rapid eye movement)                   do less REM dreaming


Have fewer psychosomatic  complaints                 have more psychosomatic complaints      

while awake                                                            while awake

Tend to take life calmly                                          tend to “fight” life

Suffer fewer anxieties                                             suffer more anxieties

and emotional disturnances                                     and emotional disturbances



These fundamental physical  and behavioral  differences between two groups were observed by Dr. Lawrence J. Monroe  of the University of Illinois and other researchers.

Their observations were consistent with the ones made upon cats by Barbara Brown and associates at the Veteran’s Hospital in Sepalveda , California.


They divided cats into three categories : anxious, excessively outgoing and average. By observing and studying the brain waves of these cats, they could predict their behavior  under various laboratory conditions such as being put in a strange cage or introduced into a cage in which other cats had already been acclimated.


The brain waves of human sleepers resemble the same variation as do those of the cats, and lead to the same personality classification. It is apparent then that the kind of person you are is more important  than what you do when you are ready to sleep  or try to sleep. Indeed it probably determines what you do. One of the most effective way to ascertain good sleep is to make the best possible adjustment to your situation and your problems during your waking moments.


Every person in the world encounters stress and difficulties. It is impossible to be totally free from stress. The problem then is not the avoidance of stress  but learning how to handle it. If you can learn to handle stress in your waking life, you need not take it to bed with you. One of the best ways to handle stress is to have a daily conversation with God through prayer. It is written, “ Cast all your Cares upon Him, for He cares for you.”  Try to talk to God first thing first in the morning and commit the new day and the troubles it may bring to Him. At night, before sleeping, talk to God again and commit the night to His providence and care. Prayer indeed do make wonders. It will surely help you to have a peace of mind which is one of the key  in having a good night sleep.





Guide to Restful and Sound Sleep  Published by The ROGEN CORPORATION



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    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      9 years ago from Manila

      Hi DeBorrah, nice to hear your comment on this hub. It is indeed a great encouragement to read your comment. It is nice to hear that you find this hub intersting. Thank you for dropping by. Best regards.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      9 years ago


      This was a great informative hub! You have given some helpful suggestions. Quite interesting making a correlation between the fundamental differences, using cats.

      Please see my hub on Stress and let me know what you think?



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