How Mental Health And Sleep Depend On Each Other
The quality of sleep you get each night heavily affects, and equally depends upon, the state of your mental health. Think of your sleep and your mental health as yin and yang, two seemingly contrary forces that are dependent on one another.
When proper sleep duration, quality or timing are impaired by a sleep disorder, the end result is a direct assault on mental health, and as mental health symptoms continue, so does the decline of your sleep quality. Maintain a healthy balance between the pair by making sleep and mental health a priority in your life.
The three fundamentals of sleep- Duration, Timing, Quality (DTQ)- are the building blocks for a well balanced sleep health journey. Simple put, DTQ is:
Duration = how long you sleep
Timing = when you sleep
Quality = how well you sleep
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A disturbance to our sleep cycle leads to our body straining under the attempt to adjust, causing mood and cognition changes that aggravate mental health. Develop healthy sleep hygiene in order to sleep in sync with your natural circadian rhythm.
High levels of stress and continued sleep deprivation lead to depression and anxiety, symptoms and predecessors to unstable mental health. Take time to relax and enjoy life to reduce stress and anxiety.
Whether mental health issues are the cause or effect of poor sleep, attempting no treatment, or following the wrong treatment, can only lead to further health complications. Seek medical evaluation and follow the appropriate treatment to target the underlying source of any mental health and/or sleep issue.
The SleepCharge Program is tailored to identify and resolve sleep problems with personalized therapy, dedicated care managers, and sleep education and training. Treatments are designed to specifically target the underlying source of sleep deprivation to help participants regain their well-being and vitality.