Insomnia Inspires Paranoia
People who are consistently deprived of sleep are more likely to think that others are intentionally trying to deprive them of happiness than their well rested counterparts. "People suffering from insomnia are more likely to fear that others are trying to harm them, a psychologist has told the Cheltenham Science Festival. Dr Daniel Freeman from the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London said that people who are having difficulties getting to sleep show increased rates of paranoid thinking." The Independent reports that "A survey of 8,580 adults revealed those who had found it difficult to sleep within the past month were three times more likely to fear that people were deliberately acting to harm them or their interests than those who had slept well."