Thinking you had a good night sleep will make you feel rested, study says

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(CNN) During the week, there's nothing harder than waking up and being energized throughout the day after a really bad night sleep. Well, there could be a powerful new way to recover from a less than full night and CNN has the results of an eye-opening new study.

The National Institutes of Health studied 164 people and regardless of how the quality of their sleep actually was the night before, one group was randomly told they were better rested scored higher on simple addition tests. The group that thought they had a rough night sleep scored worse.

Researchers conclude that there is a powerful placebo effect at play. When you think you are better rested, you will perform as if you really are, and that mindset sets you up better to tackle the day.

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