The current study investigated differences in objective sleep measures and subjective sleep measures between people with paradoxical insomnia and people with accurate perceptions of sleep, finding that sleep onset latency and wake after sleep onset time significantly predicted whether someone would have paradoxical insomnia. There were no significant differences in sleep structure between groups as previous research has suggested. The study also examined differences in personality factors, attitudes toward sleep, and insomnia severity ratings, finding that people with paradoxical insomnia had more dysfunctional beliefs about sleep and higher insomnia severity ratings, but no significant personality differences. Together, these findings suggest that dysfunctional attitudes about sleep and insomnia may play a large role in contributing to the inaccuracy of sleep perceptions for patients with paradoxical insomnia.


Sarah K. Sifers

First Committee Member

Jeffrey Buchanan

Second Committee Member

Donald Townsend

Date of Degree




Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)




Social and Behavioral Sciences

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