Sleep Deprivation and Mental Health
As I sat down to write this blog, I realized, “Oh! my back hurts”. So, I got a comforting Swivel chair with great neck support and comforting back support too. I’m really comfortable now. Also turned on my AC to cool me down. It’s really hot out there. Now I can write in peace. OH, WAIT, NO NOT THAT EMBARRASSING MOMENT. NO, I’M WRITING A BLOG, WHY AM I BEING ANXIOUS OVER AN EMBARRASSING THING I DID 10 YEARS AGO. COME ON!
It’s the 21st Century. We have everything we possibly need, still, we are constantly anxious, depressed, overthinking. Arguably things are the best they could ever be. And yet, paradoxically our mental health is deteriorating day by day. We have all the physical comfort we could possibly need, life is luxurious, yet the suicide rates have gone up like a rocket!
It’s a sign... that you need to focus on your mental health now, more than ever. And sleep, my friend is the most underrated therapy for your mental health. We don’t even realise how sleeping less could take a toll on our mental health. Sleep deprivation doesn’t just leave you with a cranky mood. It affects you long term too. It can affect your mental health as well as your physical health.
People who are depressed have a really hard time sleeping. But did you know that sleep deprivation could also lead to depression? While depression could cause insomnia, it is also studied that people who are unable to sleep well are more vulnerable to falling for depression. Fixing a sleep schedule, and sticking to a sleep cycle could help in creating healthy mental health.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is pretty common among teenagers. And it is said that troubled, or irregular sleeping could be an indicator of the patient suffering from ADHD. It is usually diagnosed in kids, but it can also affect your adulthood. The treatment of ADHD starts by regulating your sleep habits. It is proven that a great sleep schedule can improve your mental health.
The relationship between sleep and anxiety is tricky. People suffering from anxiety can have sleep disturbances, while unhealthy sleeping habits can add to growing anxiety. It is also observed that even though you don’t suffer from anxiety or any other mental illness, you still have a high chance of falling mentally sick if you don’t get enough sleep.
People suffering from stress usually have sleep disturbances. Difficulty in falling asleep is one of the major indicators of people suffering from stress. Stress episodes can come and go like waves. The mood can become gloomy in an instant.
These are just some mental problems you might suffer from if you are sleep-deprived. This goes to prove how important sleep is if you wish to stay fit both physically and mentally. Although not every mental illness will have a symptom where you’ll have trouble sleeping, but sleep deprivation or irregular sleeping can definitely affect your mental health.
A few things you can do to take care of your mental health-
Fixing a sleep pattern, and not tweaking it as per your wish can definitely be a great start.
Where you sleep, and how you sleep also affect your sleeping pattern. Like not looking at your screens before sleeping, or making a comfortable sleeping environment around you can give you a relaxing sleep
. The bed and the bedsheet also play a major role in your quality of sleep. Having a natural cotton bedsheet that is ultra-soft and comfortable gives you a good night’s sleep. Snooze Story has a wide range of such comfortable bed sheets that you will adore sleeping on. Its anti-microbial, jersey-knit sheets give you extra comfort when it comes to sleeping.
Remember Healthy sleep leads to healthy mental health.