Sleep Misperception, Insomnia, and Anxiety in Young Adults

Jessica Weathers, Fordham University


Sleep misperception is a phenomenon often identified in insomnia literature, in which individuals subjective reporting does not match objective measurements of their own sleep. Research indicates that anxiety symptoms may play a role in sleep misperception. This study assessed the relationship between sleep misperception, insomnia, and anxiety in a young adult population with sub-clinical insomnia and anxiety symptoms. Sleep misperception was not related to insomnia, but was strongly related to anxiety symptoms in this population. Gender emerged as an important covariant of sleep misperception. In a sub-clinical young adult sample, sleep misperception is associated with anxiety but not insomnia, and has significant gender differences. These findings contribute to sleep misperception literature with potential applications in diagnosis and treatment of insomnia and anxiety.

Subject Area


Recommended Citation

Weathers, Jessica, "Sleep Misperception, Insomnia, and Anxiety in Young Adults" (2018). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI10821992.