Sleep and Your Mental Health

Sleep and Your Mental Health

Studies show that getting a better nights sleep will improve your mental health. There are many reasons behind the saying ''I woke up on the wrong side of the bed'' and it’s all down to the connection between sleep and emotional and mental health. There is evidence that bi-polar, depression, anxiety along with other conditions are affected by how well we sleep. 

Studies show to date that mental health issues can make it harder for us to fall sleep. At the same time, a poor sleep, either through insomnia or your head being too ‘busy’, can contribute to poor mental health. But just a few small steps can help to improve your mental health, meaning you get up on the right side of the bed a little more often than usual.  

Ways To Improve Mental Health and Sleep 

Everyone finds different techniques can have different effects and it’s important to try different ways to see what works best for you.

Talk Therapy

Your counsellor can help with ‘Talk Therapy’ who can work with you on and one-to-one basis to get to the root of the problem. Through therapies such as CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), it may help you to change the way you think and work through any negative thoughts and feelings.

Changing Your Lifestyle

Some people find that making small changes in their day to day lives can also help with their sleep. Regular exercise such as going on a walk can burn off that excess energy, leaving you feeling ready for sleep towards the end of the day. Cutting down on caffeine and avoiding tobacco and alcohol can help too.

Healthier Bedtime Routines

Bedroom settings can help with better sleep hygiene reducing sleep disruptions. You can start by have a set routine before bedtime, allowing your body to start winding down naturally. With relaxation techniques such as meditation, breathing exercises or even just a nice calming back, you can create an atmosphere which allows to feel relaxed and chilled before sleep.

There are many reasons why someone might have issues with their mental health- poor sleep is just a contributor.