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Exploring the Connection Between Mental Health and Sleep

We all know the importance of practicing good mental health habits and the benefits they provide for our general well-being. Our mental health impacts our thoughts, feelings, and actions, both positively and negatively. Mental health and sleep go hand in hand, as poor mental health can result in bad sleeping habits, which in turn further negatively influences one’s mental health. While improving one does not automatically fix the other, improving your sleeping habits can provide a range of benefits for your mental health.

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The Impact of Sleep on Mental Health

When we wake up feeling well-rested, we feel better prepared to tackle the day’s activities. The opposite is also true, where not getting enough sleep causes us to feel ill-prepared for the day ahead. Headaches, fatigue, and soreness are all symptoms of a lack of sleep and can have a major impact on our mental health.

Unfortunately, getting too much sleep can also be an issue, causing our bodies to feel rundown despite the extra sleep. While getting a solid 8 hours every night won’t solve all your problems, a healthy sleeping pattern combined with the right amount of nutrition and exercise is the cornerstone of living a happy and healthy life.

The Impact of Mental Health on Sleep

While it is easy to blame poor mental health on low quality sleep, sometimes our mental health is the cause of bad sleeping habits. Those who suffer from conditions such as anxiety, depression, or panic attacks typically sleep less than the average, with the sleep they do get being of a lower quality. Whether it is anxiety plaguing your mind with bad thoughts or panic attacks waking you up throughout the night, mental health and sleep are tightly linked.

Insomnia is a common affliction for those suffering from depression, making it extremely hard to secure consistent, high-quality sleep. Those who suffer from depression may oversleep during the day instead, possibly resulting in hypersomnia, a condition caused by sleeping too much. This creates a loop that is difficult to break, as poor mental health is linked to bad sleep, while bad sleep can reduce your mental health. Unfortunately, there is no easy fix for improving one’s mental health, but improving your sleep schedule can go a long way towards alleviating your mental health concerns.

Ways to Improve Your Mental Health and Sleep

  • Plan and abide by a regular sleeping schedule.
  • Avoid screens (phones, laptops, TVs) before bedtime.
  • Keep your bedroom quiet, dark, and cool.
  • Reduce your caffeine and alcohol intake.
  • Engage in regular exercise.

If your mental health issues persist even with improved sleep, we recommend speaking to a health professional for further ways to boost your quality of living.

Reduce the Impact of Sleep on Mental Health

If you have been having trouble sleeping and believe it is negatively impacting your mental health, browse our products for a range of products designed to help you live a happier and healthier life. Our orthopedic adjustable beds have been scientifically created to provide the best sleep possible while improving your posture and overall health. Give us a call on 1300 858 139 or send an email to enquiries@wenatex.com.au to learn more about our cutting-edge sleep system and the countless benefits it provides.

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