Journal of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 170–177 | Cite as

Affective mediators of the association between pleasant events and global sleep quality in community-dwelling adults

  • Caitlan A. Tighe
  • Kristy D. Shoji
  • Natalie D. Dautovich
  • Kenneth L. Lichstein
  • Forrest Scogin


This study explored the association of engagement in pleasant events and global sleep quality, as well as examined the intermediary roles of positive affect and depressive symptoms in this association. Data were derived from the Midlife in the United States-II study. The sample consisted of 1054 community-dwelling adults. Participants completed the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and indicated the frequency and enjoyableness of experiences on a positive events scale. Depressive symptoms were assessed using the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale. Positive affect was measured using the Mood and Symptoms Questionnaire. Regression analyses indicated more frequent engagement in pleasant events was associated with better global sleep quality. Depressive symptoms, but not positive affect, partially mediated the association between pleasant events and global sleep quality. The findings suggest that behavioral engagement in pleasant events may be related to global sleep quality via depressive symptoms, but not positive affect. These findings highlight the potential for engagement in pleasant activities to influence both mood and sleep.


Pleasant events Depressive symptoms Positive affect Global sleep quality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Caitlan A. Tighe
    • 1
  • Kristy D. Shoji
    • 1
  • Natalie D. Dautovich
    • 1
  • Kenneth L. Lichstein
    • 1
  • Forrest Scogin
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA

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