Sleep quality and mental health: What the data says
by Callum Allan on Nov 14, 2022
You've probably heard that getting a good night's sleep is important for your physical health. But did you know that it's just as important for your mental health? In fact, recent studies have shown a strong correlation between sleep quality and mental health. Let's take a look at what the data says.
Sleep and Mental Health
A study published in the journal Sleep found that adults who reported poor sleep quality were more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety. The study's authors concluded that "poor sleep should be routinely assessed in patients with complaints of depression and anxiety."
Another study, this one published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, found that people with insomnia were more likely to develop depression or anxiety within the next year. The study's authors suggested that insomnia may be a "product" of depression and anxiety, rather than a cause.
The link between sleep and mental health isn't entirely clear, but the data suggest that there is a strong correlation between the two. If you're struggling with sleep, it's worth talking to your doctor or mental health professional about ways to improve your sleep quality.
If you're struggling with sleep, you're not alone. Millions of people suffer from insomnia and other sleep disorders. And if you're struggling with sleep, there's a good chance you're also struggling with mental health issues like depression and anxiety. But there is hope! Talk to your doctor or mental health professional about ways to improve your sleep quality. And in the meantime, try some of these tips for getting a good night's rest:
- Establish a regular bedtime routine
- Avoid working or using electronic devices in bed
- Create a calm and relaxing environment in your bedroom
- Exercise regularly
- Avoid caffeine before bedtime
- Try relaxation techniques like meditation or yoga