Does lack of sleep really affect our mental health? ... Yes it does.
Do you sleep well at night? I hope you do! Sleep plays a very significant role in the management of Mental Illness. Do you ever lie wide awake at night (when you should or planned to be asleep) with all the thoughts in the world coming to your head? Do you find yourself looking at your phone when you can't sleep? (Don't do this, the light from the phone wakes our brains)
According to NeuroCore Centers 50%-80% of people seeking mental health care complain of issues with sleep, and those who are suffering from depression, anxiety, or ADHD are very likely to struggle with sleep.
Does this sound like you?
When I was in my Intensive Outpatient Program, I learned that sleep helps your mind reset and recharge. Additionally, I learned that the amygdala is in charge of our emotional responses. But it doesn't work properly if we are lacking sleep.
How exactly does sleep impact mental health?
Poor sleep makes it so much more difficult to deal with minor stress. According to Very Well Mind, research has shown lack of sleep is actually causing depression. Anxiety issues can arise with insomnia. Sleep problems are a risk factor for developing anxiety disorders. Just like depression and sleep are related--losing quality rest can amplify symptoms of anxiety.
Poor Sleep can cause : impaired thinking, you may be unable to relax, or using alcohol to help with sleep.
Moreover, have you ever heard of cortisol? A hormone that is responsible for our " fight or flight". When we don't get enough sleep too much cortisol is produced. Now your body is in a constant state of stress and you're unable to relax.
Here are some straight up FACTS!
I want to encourage you to talk to your doctor if you suffer from insomnia. I've personally been managing my insomnia for over 10 years. And guess what????? I do have depression and anxiety disorder.
Brandlyn Owens is passionate about exploring and educating herself and others about mental health topics. She's a momma of 2 kiddos and she resides in Durham, NC.