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Most people who experience poor sleep report that it affects their mood, but does it also affect mental health? Answer: Yes, it does.
Sleep is closely connected to our mental and emotional health and has been linked to such mental conditions anxiety, bipolar disorder, and depression.
Mental health disorders often make sleeping harder. In the same sense, lack of sleep, such as insomnia, is a contributing factor to mental health issues. Improving sleep can have a strong impact on mental health.
Each stage during sleep plays a role in brain health, allowing activity in different parts of the brain to properly accelerate or decrease which enables clearer thinking, learning, and the ability to strengthen memory.
Sufficient sleep, notably REM sleep, facilitates what information the brain processes. When you sleep the brain works to evaluate and remember. When not getting enough sleep, it can influence mood and emotional reactivity.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder that has been linked to mental health. OSA occurs when there is a pause in breathing during sleep that reduces the body’s oxygen levels. OSA tends to occur more frequently in people with psychiatric conditions and can heighten mental distress.
Snoring is a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. People with a family history of sleep apnea who are overweight and suffer from diabetes or high blood pressure are more susceptible to developing obstructive sleep apnea.
Around 75% of depressed people show symptoms of insomnia, often people with depression also suffer from excessive sleepiness during the day.
In the past, sleeping problems were seen as a result of depression, but it’s now suggested that poor sleep may induce or worsen depression.
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