Although the relationship between mental illness and sleep is complex, there is evidence to suggest that the two influence one another. Keep reading to learn how improving your sleep schedule can do wonders for your mental health.
The Link Between Sleeping and Mental Illnesses
For those already living with mental illness, studies have shown that their symptoms may contribute to the development of insomnia and other sleep disorders. In some instances, signs of a sleep disorder may appear first and contribute to the development of depressive disorders.
Many adolescents and young adults living with anxiety and depression also have insomnia, hypersomnia, or both. People suffering from these sleep issues are also more likely to experience:
Weight loss or gain
Anhedonia—an inability to feel pleasure
Studies have shown that anywhere from 50-90% of adults with mental illnesses like depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety also suffer from some form of sleep disorder or issue.
Tips for Better Sleep Quality
Studies have also shown that treating these sleep issues may help to alleviate some of the symptoms associated with these mental health issues.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults should get 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night. The following tips can help you to get a better night’s rest:
Avoid taking daytime naps longer than 30 minutes
Develop a sleep schedule
Get regular physical activity
Avoid using electronics in your bedroom
Practice meditation and breathing exercises to help you relax
Avoid caffeine and nicotine products
Avoid alcohol consumption
Seeking Help at Tapestry
At Tapestry, our treatment programs are dedicated to understanding our clients as whole people with varied life experiences. Whether you have questions about mental health or how to support a loved one struggling with their mental health, we are here for you. Contact us today by filling out a confidential form or give us a call at (828) 490-4032.