Many of us know that “a good night’s sleep” makes us feel better and that lack of sleep makes us grumpy or confused. There is now strong evidence showing the importance of sleep for both our mental and physical health. It has been discovered that little or poor sleep decreases happy feelings and increases negative emotions.
Physical and mental functions in understanding everyday events and controlling emotions and actions depend on our sleep. Poor sleep can make it very difficult for you to handle small conflicts and can even affect your ability to see the world accurately. Sleep helps maintain our thinking abilities, such as attention, learning, and memory.
Poor or insufficient sleep might increase the chance of developing mental health problems. It is proven that sleep issues can also lead to and worsen many mental health problems, including sadness, stress, and even self-harming thinking.
Studies on lack of sleep show that even normally healthy people might become more nervous and upset after a night of poor sleep. Researches done on sleep suggest that if you have insomnia (a disorder that makes it difficult for you to sleep), you are 10 to 17 times more likely to experience high levels of sadness and stress. Sleeping more had a positive impact on stress, mood, nervousness, and overthinking.
Age influences how much a person needs to sleep. Children and teenagers typically require more sleep than adults do.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recommends that adults sleep at least 7 hours to maintain healthy functioning, with the majority of adults needing between 7-9 hours. Teenagers normally require 8 to 10 hours of sleep, whereas older people (65 and older) require 7-8 hours. It is important to note that even if the quantity of sleep you get matters, the quality of your sleep is equally important.
The main goal of CBT therapy in the mental part is to try to challenge your negative thoughts and turn them into positive ones. According to this type of therapy, changing the way you think, will change your emotions, and your sleeping pattern.
There are 3 steps to this:
A good night’s sleep helps in supporting emotional and social strength, according to studies done on brain structures. If you usually have sleep issues it can lead to negative thinking and emotional weakness, which creates problems with psychological well-being.
The relationship between sleep and mental health is connected, as poor sleep is often a sign of mental health problems. Also, a lack of good sleep, can lead to and worsen mental health problems. If you find it difficult to sleep at night, it may take some time to find the habits that work best for you to sleep, but continuing through the process can help you fall asleep more easily and sleep through the night.