Objective: The present study examined forgiveness of others, self-forgiveness, sleep, and health in a nationally representative sample of United States adults. It was hypothesised that sleep would mediate the associations of forgiveness of others and self-forgiveness with health.
Design: A nationally representative survey of 1,423 United States adults.
Main Outcome Measures: Measures included forgiveness of others, self-forgiveness, sleep quantity, sleep quality, psychological distress, life satisfaction, and self-rated physical health.
Results: Forgiveness of others (β = .20, p < .001) and self-forgiveness (β = .11, p < .01) were associated with sleep and forgiveness of others (β = .24, p < .001) and self-forgiveness (β = .27, p < .001) were associated with health. Sleep was associated with health (β = .45, p < .001) and also acted as a mediator of the associations of forgiveness of others (β = .09, p < .01) and self-forgiveness (β = .05, p < .01) with health.
Conclusions: Forgiveness of others and self-forgiveness may attenuate emotions such as anger, regret, and rumination and provide a buffer between one’s own and others’ offenses occurring during the day and offer a restful mental state that supports sound sleep which, in turn, is associated with better health.
Repository citation: Toussaint, Loren; Gall, Andrew J.; Cheadle, Alyssa; and Williams, David R., "Let it Rest: Sleep and Health as Positive Correlates of Forgiveness of Others and Self-forgiveness" (2019). Faculty Publications. Paper 1495.
Published in: Psychology & Health, Volume 35, Issue 3, July 31, 2019, pages 302-317. Copyright © 2019 Taylor & Francis.