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Secret to happiness is a good night’s sleep

Which would you prefer: a 50 per cent pay rise or a good night’s sleep? Anyone who puts their happiness first should choose the latter according to new research. The report suggests that quality of sleep has by far the strongest association with wellbeing among the parts of our lifestyle we can control.

Friends, family and exercise are all important but sleeping outweighs them all. Income had little association with happiness – the study showed that a 50 per cent rise in disposable earnings was linked with a fractionally higher happiness score. The findings come from a survey of 8,250 British adults conducted by the National Centre for Social Research and analysed by Oxford Economics.

The research showed that people who feel rested had a higher sense of self-worth and were less likely to be anxious.