Does Sleep Impacts Your Mental Health?
The importance of sufficient and restful sleep is critical to both our physical and mental well-being. Preexisting mental health conditions in individuals can be made worse by lack of sleep, and sleep deprivation can also masquerade as mental health issues in those without preexisting conditions. Sleep-deprived individuals may experience brain fog, difficulty concentrating, and memory struggles. They may also experience mood swings, increased irritability, and higher levels of anger and aggression. Severe sleep deprivation can cause delirium, erratic behavior, and intense emotional outbursts. In addition, poor or insufficient sleep can make it more challenging for people to cope with stress, and minor daily hassles can seem like giant obstacles of frustration.
Getting proper sleep can be a struggle for individuals for a multitude of reasons, but there are a variety of things that can aid in getting sufficient rest. Establishing a bedtime routine and sticking to it can help the body and mind unwind at the end of the day. This might include reading, taking a bath, or listening to soothing music before bed. Not eating or drinking directly before bed can also be helpful, as well as avoiding late afternoon naps or caffeine. During the day, it is beneficial to exercise and get sunlight exposure to help with the body’s natural rhythm. While lying in bed attempting to fall asleep, deep breathing or progressive muscle relaxation exercises can be helpful in soothing the mind and body into a relaxing slumber.
Ultimately, the importance of sleep on mental health is far-reaching. The adverse effects of sleep deprivation are numerous, but there are many simple, accessible, and effective ways to get the sufficient and restful sleep they deserve. Below are a few videos on deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation.
Counseling can be an effective tool in improving a person’s mental health and addressing issues such as insomnia or the struggle of not sleeping. Here are some ways in which counseling can help:
- Identifying underlying causes: A counselor can help a person identify the underlying causes of their insomnia, which could be related to stress, anxiety, depression, or other mental health conditions. By understanding these causes, the person can work on addressing them through therapy and other techniques.
- Developing coping skills: A counselor can help a person develop coping skills to manage insomnia symptoms. This could include techniques such as relaxation exercises, mindfulness meditation, or cognitive-behavioral therapy.
- Providing emotional support: Dealing with insomnia can be stressful and frustrating. A counselor can provide emotional support and a safe space to discuss these feelings.
- Addressing sleep hygiene: A counselor can provide guidance on developing healthy sleep habits, such as avoiding caffeine and electronic devices before bedtime, establishing a regular sleep schedule, and creating a comfortable sleep environment.
- Collaborating with other healthcare providers: If the person’s insomnia is related to an underlying medical condition, such as sleep apnea, a counselor can work with other healthcare providers to ensure the person receives appropriate treatment.
It’s important to note that counseling is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and it may not work for everyone. However, for many people, counseling can effectively improve their mental health and address issues such as insomnia. If you’re struggling with insomnia or other mental health issues, consider contacting a counselor or mental health professional for support.
The therapists at New Heights Counseling are available to help. We offer counseling services that focus on helping you feel better and achieve your goals. Our counselors are experienced and compassionate professionals dedicated to assisting clients to build the skills necessary for lasting change.
At New Heights, we offer various mental health services for individuals. Our therapists are experienced in treating anxiety, depression, stress, grief, loss, addiction, abuse, trauma, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, self-esteem, confidence, and other mental health concerns. Contact us today at (850) 757-1552 or visit our website at New Heights Counseling to learn how we can help you regain control of your life.
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About the Author:
Hillary Marshall is a PRE-LICENSED Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern and passionate about helping others. She has experience working with adults, children, and couples. She is Level 2 trauma trained in EMDR and works with clients who are impacted by the decision of Roe v. Wade. Hillary approaches each client with compassion and empathy, She is dedicated to her clients’ care and services in Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, Niceville, Destin, and surrounding communities. Hear from Hillary at Watch Video and book an appointment with Hillary Here!