Do you love to go to sleep or are you more of a night owl? Some people don’t seem to need as much sleep as others, but the truth is we all need it—no one can function without it.
Sleep is vitally important. It’s what allows us to physically go about our days, go to work, exercise, run errands, and more. We also need it to maintain good mental health. That’s right: lack of sleep affects our mental capacities just as much as our physical ones.
How Does Lack of Sleep Affect My Mental Health?
The cycles our bodies go through when sleeping have been studied by scientists. An article published by Harvard Medical School indicates that though it’s a complicated process, they’ve learned that sleep disruption is very hazardous to a person’s mental health, inhibiting clear thinking and healthy emotional management.
So get that extra hour or two if you can!
What about insomnia and other sleeping disorders? Well, in all actuality, insomnia usually comes a symptom of other mental health disorders, such as anxiety or depression—two disorders which aggravate the ability to sleep well. Getting treatment for depression or anxiety could help you to get a good night’s sleep.
Why We Should Get More Sleep and How to Do It
The effects of not sleeping enough are just not worth whatever benefits you might believe exist by not going to bed. A perpetual lack of sleep has been tied to serious medical problems, including an increased risk of kidney failure, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and obesity.
If you’re having trouble getting the sleep your body and brain need and deserve, try some of the following tips:
- Don’t drink alcohol, tea, or coffee before bed
- Establish a bedtime routine
- Exercise consistently
- Try going to bed and waking up around the same time each day
Get the Help You Need
Whether you’re struggling with lack of sleep or another disorder, we’re here to help. At Dallas Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, we offer a variety of programs and welcome all types of referrals. Contact us today with any questions or to set up an appointment. We look forward to helping you on your path to recovery.