Why is personality tied to sleep quality? A biometric analysis of twins

Zlatan Krizan, Garrett Hisler, Robert F. Krueger, Matt McGue

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Despite consistent links between personality traits and poor sleep, little is known about genetic and environmental influences that may produce them. This study examined how much genetic background and environmental experiences contributed to phenotypic linkages between personality and subjective sleep quality. Seven hundred and thirty-four twin pairs from the Minnesota Study of Twin Aging and Development rated their sleep quality and provided personality reports. Bi-variate analyses revealed that genetic factors accounted for the majority of observed associations between subjective sleep quality and traits, but also that non-shared environmental experience played a role that varied across traits. The findings strongly implicate genotype in tying subjective sleep quality to personality variation, alongside non-shared environmental influences, and suggest indicate influences unique to individual traits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number104048
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
StatePublished - Feb 1 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported in part by Grant AG06886 from the National Institute on Aging and awarded to Deborah Finkel by the Graduate School of the University of Minnesota .

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 Elsevier Inc.


  • Development
  • Genetic
  • Insomnia
  • Personality
  • Sleep


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