Mental Health and Sleep Quality
Although the relationship between mental illness and sleep is complex, there is evidence to suggest that the two influence one another. Keep reading to learn how improving your sleep schedule can do wonders for your mental health.
The Link Between Sleeping and Mental Illnesses
For those already living with mental illness, studies have shown that their symptoms may contribute to the development of insomnia and other sleep disorders. In some instances, signs of a sleep disorder may appear first and contribute to the development of depressive disorders.
Many adolescents and young adults living with anxiety and depression also have insomnia, hypersomnia, or both. People suffering from these sleep issues are also more likely to experience:
- Weight loss or gain
- Anhedonia—an inability to feel pleasure
- Memory issues
- Trouble concentrating
- Mood changes
Studies have shown that anywhere from 50-90% of adults with mental illnesses like depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety also suffer from some form of sleep disorder or issue.
Tips for Better Sleep Quality
Studies have also shown that treating these sleep issues may help to alleviate some of the symptoms associated with these mental health issues.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults should get 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night. The following tips can help you to get a better night’s rest:
- Avoid taking daytime naps longer than 30 minutes
- Develop a sleep schedule
- Get regular physical activity
- Avoid using electronics in your bedroom
- Practice meditation and breathing exercises to help you relax
- Avoid caffeine and nicotine products
- Avoid alcohol consumption