Negative emotions about climate change are related to insomnia symptoms and mental health: Cross-sectional evidence from 25 countries

Charles Adedayo Ogunbode, Ståle Pallesen, Gisela Böhm, Rouven Doran, Navjot Bhullar, Sibele Aquino, Tiago Marot, Julie Aitken Schermer, Anna Wlodarczyk, Su Lu, Feng Jiang, Katariina Salmela-Aro, Daniel Hanss, Daniela Acquadro Maran, Rahkman Ardi, Razieh Chegeni, Hajra Tahir, Elahe Ghanbarian, Joonha Park, Takashi TsubakitaChee Seng Tan, Karlijn L. van den Broek, John Bosco Chika Chukwuorji, Kehinde Ojewumi, Marc Eric S. Reyes, Samuel Lins, Violeta Enea, Tatiana Volkodav, Tomas Sollar, Ginés Navarro-Carrillo, Jorge Torres-Marín, Winfred Mbungu, Charles Onyutha, Michael J. Lomas

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Abstract

Climate change threatens mental health via increasing exposure to the social and economic disruptions created by extreme weather and large-scale climatic events, as well as through the anxiety associated with recognising the existential threat posed by the climate crisis. Considering the growing levels of climate change awareness across the world, negative emotions like anxiety and worry about climate-related risks are a potentially pervasive conduit for the adverse impacts of climate change on mental health. In this study, we examined how negative climate-related emotions relate to sleep and mental health among a diverse non-representative sample of individuals recruited from 25 countries, as well as a Norwegian nationally-representative sample. Overall, we found that negative climate-related emotions are positively associated with insomnia symptoms and negatively related to self-rated mental health in most countries. Our findings suggest that climate-related psychological stressors are significantly linked with mental health in many countries and draw attention to the need for cross-disciplinary research aimed at achieving rigorous empirical assessments of the unique challenge posed to mental health by negative emotional responses to climate change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)845-854
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Psychology
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

Keywords

  • Climate anxiety
  • Climate change
  • Eco-anxiety
  • Emotions
  • Insomnia
  • Mental health

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