The effects of mental health reach far and wide and there are many causes, one of them can be remedied by ensuring you have adequate sleep. There is much research regarding the link between sleep deprivation and anxiety, depression and mental health issues. Mental health, depression and anxiety still tend to have stigma attached to them and not widely discussed, yet research shows many people suffer from mental health issues. The more discussion and openness relating to these topics, the less stigma and negative perceptions will surround this issue. Hence, the reason this article is being written.
Personally, the lack of sleep contributed to my own experience of the worst anxiety I have ever experienced, which also then led into depression. At the height of my depression, I was only managing 4 hours a sleep each night over a period of 4 weeks and yet still went to work, looked after my family, and did the domestics even though I was just surviving. Sleep should not be a luxury that many people cannot afford. Sleep is a necessity for human survival, as is breathing and eating. I realised after suffering the worst anxiety I have ever felt that I never wanted to feel like that again. I sought help and with the support and encouragement from my family, good friends and family GP, I was able to manage my depression and anxiety to regain the mental wellness to tackle and overcome what life threw at me. Please note, sleep deprivation was only one contributing factor to my anxiety and depression - there were other causes which were diagnosed and managed.
There are many support avenues for mental health, anxiety and depression - I have listed a few here but is not an exclusive list. Please consult your local GP and/ or research support services available for your country.
Customer relations from Tuck, a community devoted to promoting sleep health awareness contacted me to help spread their research and message relating to sleep and mental health. Recently, they took a look at the significant impact sleep can have on mental health and vice versa. Their research team found that over 40% of people who experience insomnia also have a psychiatric condition. The lack of sleep insomniacs experience can make it more challenging to cope with the symptoms of their mental illness. They have created the following guides:
Often, realising you need help is a vital step in your recovery - obtaining help and support you need is crucial. Suffering from mental illness should not stop you from living your best life - it could be alerting you to the fact some things need to change. Growth comes from change even though it may be uncomfortable at first, it will eventually become the new normal. Mental wellness is important to ensure people are able to provide their best - at work, at life, with their families and communities they live in. Are you getting enough sleep?