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  • Maggie Fernandez

Sleep and our mental health.

Sleep plays a crucial role in our mental health. A lack of sleep or poor sleep quality can have negative effects on our mood, cognitive abilities, and overall mental well-being.

Research has shown that sleep deprivation can lead to increased feelings of anxiety, depression, and irritability. It can also impair our ability to think clearly, making decisions, and regulate our emotions. Chronic insomnia, which is defined as difficulty falling or staying asleep for at least three nights per week for three months or longer, is associated with an increased risk of developing a range of mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

On the other hand, getting enough restful sleep can have a positive impact on our mental health. It can improve our mood, increase our ability to cope with stress, and enhance our cognitive functioning. It is recommended that adults aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night to maintain optimal mental and physical health.

If you are experiencing sleep difficulties that are affecting your mental health, it is important to speak with a healthcare professional who can help you identify the underlying causes and develop a treatment plan too. improve your sleep and overall well-being.

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