There are increasing numbers in the amount of Americans that are sleep deprived or experience poor sleep quality, but those who already suffer from psychiatric conditions are more likely to be tired or groggy throughout the day.
Sleep and mental health are closely connected as sleep deprivation affects your mental health and psychological state. Those with mental health problems have a higher risk of experiencing insomnia and other sleep disorders.
Sleep problems are more common in those who suffer from bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and other multi-personality disorders.
Signs of sleep deprivation:
- Slower thinking
- Reduced attention span
- Memory issues
- Mood vulnerability
- Poor decision making
- Lack of energy
How Sleep Improves Your Mental Health
Both sleep and mental health are complex issues affected by a number of factors, but improving sleep alone can have a beneficial impact on mental health and can be a component of treating some psychiatric disorders.
The sleep stages of the brain play a major role in brain health as it allows for activity in different parts of the brain. These stages allow the brain to ramp up and down which can lead to better thinking, learning, and memory. Brain activity during sleep also has profound effects on emotional and mental health. Sufficient sleep facilitates the brains processing of information.
During sleep the brain works to evaluate and remember thoughts as well as memories. When you experience lack of sleep it can lead to issues with memory, influence bad moods, and emotional vulnerability.
Tips to improve your sleep quality:
- Having a set bedtime
- Creating a wind-down routine
- Avoiding alcohol, tobacco, and caffein before bed
- Putting away your phone/electronics 1 hour before bed
- Regular exercise
- Maximizing your comfort: mattress, pillows, bedding, and lighting
Finding a routine that works for you may take trial and error, but the process can be beneficial in helping you fall asleep faster and stay asleep through the night.
Every individual situation is different, so the treatment for mental health and sleep problems depends on the person. It is important to receive proper care, which entails working with a trained health professional. For more information on improving sleep quality contact us today to schedule a free consultation.