We often do not think much about how our sleeping patterns impact our health outside of how a good night’s sleep makes us feel after the fact. So often, we are focused on the other aspects of whole health that we unfortunately forget about our mental health in the process. Mental health is just as important a facet of overall health as physical health or emotional health, and the realization is becoming more and more drastic that we should be focusing just as much – if not more – on our mental health. It just so happens that one of the many ways we can do that, is through ensuring that we promote and effectively carry out sound sleeping patterns.
Sometimes, it is a work in progress to create strong sleeping patterns, and sometimes that has to be okay. The important thing is that one perseveres onwards despite the challenges in their pursuit of sound sleep and sound mental health. Maybe its the right time of the year to buy a mattress or going to a sleep specialist to help right the ship, the point remains the same: the quality of our sleep directly impacts the quality of our mental health (and our overall health, for that matter). But how?
Sleep helps improve brain function
Sleep is about so much more than just simply getting shut eye. Sleep is about giving one’s body the chance it needs at the end of the day to replenish the energy stores and gear up for the coming day ahead. During the time that one sleeps, their brain does anything but rest. In fact, during the hours we are asleep, our brains spend that precious time clearing out all the junk that has built up during the day, and giving the brain back its zest. When we do not get enough sleep, our brains struggle to keep up, and this slip in mentality can ultimately lead to a slip up in our mental stability.
Sleep helps mood stabilization
When a person gets the right amount of sleep, they wake up feeling refreshed and rested, ready for the day ahead. A rested person is typically an individual who is happy. On the other end of the spectrum is an individual who has poor quality of sleep and struggles to make it through the day without their mood getting the best of them. When we are moody, we are unhappier, and over time something as seemingly insignificant as sleeping patterns can and do create shift in mindset that can prove to be devastating.
Sleep helps guide energy levels
It is no secret that when we are lacking energy, we do not operate at our best. This is true always, but it is especially so when it comes to mental strain. Having lower stores of energy inevitably means that an individual has less energy for the people and activities that they once had all the time in the world for. With less energy to give, individuals who suffer from a lack of sleep also come to suffer from isolation at the hands of their own drawbacks – something that can be incredibly dangerous, and even fatal.