Sleep and Mental Health Are True Bedfellows
HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter
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- Sleep and Mental Health Are True Bedfellows
- Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans
- From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs
- Stand Up for Mental Health
- Latest Mental Health New
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When it comes to sleep and mental health, this Ben Franklin quote comes to mind:
"Early to bed, early to rise makes a person healthy, wealthy, and wise."
Mr. Franklin said this in the days when modern psychology didn't exist; Sigmund Freud hadn't been born, nor had the American Psychological Association. Yet Ben still knew and promoted the value of a good night's sleep (develop good sleep habits). As it turns out, his adage about the importance of sleep to wellbeing is true and has been proven by modern science.
Sleep plays a vital role in mental health. Adults need about seven to nine hours of sleep each night. When someone's average is less than that, problems begin to occur. Emotional regulation becomes difficult, cognitive functioning diminishes (that "foggy," slowed-down feeling and difficulty completing tasks), memory becomes impaired, and behavior changes. Harvard Medical School warns that there's a strong connection between:
- sleep problems and anxiety
- sleep disorders and depression
- bipolar disorder and sleep problems
- attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and sleep disorders
Plus, sleep disorders exist in their own right.
Sleep and mental health are intricately related, and each affects the other. That can make brain-soothing sleep elusive; however, eating well, exercising, using relaxation techniques, and other sleep hygiene practices can help you get those z's and achieve the health, wealth, and wisdom old Ben touted.
Related Articles about Sleep and Mental Health
- Sleep Disorder Information, Resources, and Support
- The (Dysfunctional) Relationship Between Sleep and Anxiety
- The Importance of Sleep and Mental Illness
- The Importance of Sleep and Bipolar Disorder
- Sleep Disorder Treatment (Sleep Treatment)
- Sleep Disorders Test
- All Sleep Disorders Articles
Today's Question: How does sleep, or the lack of it, affect your mental health and wellbeing? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.
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Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:
- Understanding Dissociative Identity Disorder Alters
- Dealing with Down Days in Bipolar Disorder
- Too Anxious To Speak Up?
If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.
On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.
- The Link Between Trauma and Eating Disorders (Mental Health Treatment Circle Blog)
- Why Animals May Help With Depression (Coping with Depression Blog)
- Heightened Anxiety for No Reason? Four Ways to Handle It (Anxiety-Schmanxiety Blog)
- Emotional Healing Enhanced By A Sense Of Worthiness (Living A Blissful Life Blog)
- Asking for Help Because of Bipolar (Breaking Bipolar Blog)
- How to Get Ready for a Therapy Appointment (Recovering From Mental Illness Blog)
- Combat PTSD and Sleep Disturbances (Understanding Combat PTSD)
- About Jami DeLoe, Author of “Trauma! A PTSD Blog” (Trauma! A PTSD Blog)
- How to Start Socialising When You Have Low Self-Esteem and Why Self-Care is Important for Your Physical and Mental Health (Building Self-Esteem Blog)
- Coming Out of the Mental Illness Closet (Your Mental Health Blog)
- Video Games Can Help Reduce Mental Illness Stigma (Surviving Mental Health Stigma Blog)
- Binge Eating Disorder and My Personal Experience (Binge Eating Recovery Blog)
- Living With People Who Don’t Understand Your Anxiety (Treating Anxiety Blog)
- Today I Don’t Feel Good Enough: 4 Steps To Improved Self-Esteem (Mental Health for the Digital Generation Blog)
- When to Get Rid of Social Media Relationships (Relationships and Mental Illness Blog)
- 3 Lessons Learned from the Deaths of Recovering Addicts / Alcoholics and Over-Prescription of Opioid Painkillers: A Deadly Problem (Debunking Addiction Blog)
- Schizoaffective Hypomania and Love (Creative Schizophrenia Blog)
Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.
Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign
But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.
Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:
- Social Media Pressure May Lead To Anxiety, Depression In Teens
- Mindfulness Meditation Linked To False Memory Recall
- Link Established Between Marijuana And Prediabetes
- Higher Fish Consumption Linked To Reduced Risk Of Depression
- Cohort Study Explores Association Between SSRI Use And Violent Crime
- Antipsychotic Drugs Linked To Brain Tissue Loss In Patients With Schizophrenia
- External Brain Stimulation Temporarily Improves Motor Symptoms In People With Parkinson's
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- follow HealthyPlace on Pinterest
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Peterson, T. (2015, September 15). Sleep and Mental Health Are True Bedfellows, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2020, February 25 from https://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/mental-health-newsletter/sleep-and-mental-health-are-true-bedfellows