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How sleep can affect your mental health

If you sleep eight hours a day every day, it means you might have spent a third of your life sleeping at the end of it all. A third of your life is absolutely inactive. And when CEOs and big-time entrepreneurs are asked about how they have kept their businesses running and thriving, some answer by saying they spend the bulk of their day working and spend very little time sleeping.

With all these metrics, it is most likely that a very good portion of people feel sleeping for a relatively longer amount of time is bad. Hence the unnecessary struggle to keep up with perceived standards.

According to a research by CDC, the least amount of sleep an adult should to have is 7 hours at night. It is then the case that sleeping any less is already a pointer an impending mental health issue.

Sleep is a core part of mental health that cannot be displaced nor replaced. The fascinating thing is that it is possible to assume one can get away with poor sleep habits because there’s no immediate fireback.

What is Mental Health?

The World Health Organisation defines mental health as a “state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”

One of the ways of maintaining good mental health is giving your body sufficient time to recover from daily stress and workload.

In an article written by the US Department of Health and Human services, difficulty in sleeping, sleeping disorders as well poor sleeping habits could be an indication to mental health issues. Sleep affects us in various ways. Particularly it has a huge impact on mental health.

Why Should I Sleep More?


If you find that you easily get agitated and worried, it might be that you’re not sleeping well enough. In that case, what you need to do is get more sleep to tone down on the tension created by excessive worrying.


In a study carried out by University of Chicago Medicine, Alison Caldwell, PhD pointed submitted that sleep could be a game changer for weight loss programs. Other studies suggest that those who sleep less have more weight gain troubles than those who slept more. So if you’re looking to put a check your weight, you might want to put a check on your sleep habits too.


Getting enough sleep gives your body the opportunity to get rejuvenated from the day’s work and makes it possible to go into a new day with a fresh burst of creativity.


Before switching to taking different herbs to ease stress and all, have you considered sleeping some extra hours than the regular? Most of the time when a person is stressed what he or she needs at the time is really nothing spectacular. What you need is sleep.


There is an increasing need for people to pay attention to their mental health. It starts with the basics of good dieting; daily hygiene; a healthy lifestyle and a healthy sleep pattern to aid overall efficiency and mitigate avoidable burnout.

Let’s do all we can to safeguard our mental health and that of others.
Until then take care of yourself.

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