You Need More Sleep
We have all heard this statement whether it was from loved ones or healthcare providers. But, how important really is sleep when we all know that it is so much easier said than done?
Research shows that not just sleep but, good, deep, adequate amount of sleep is extremely important.
Sleep deprivation can not only affect your work, social and family life, but it can also affect your psychological state and mental health. Studies show that increased brain activity occurs during REM (rapid eye movement), that that deep level of sleep our body craves. It is during this period that our brain works on enhancing learning, memory, and emotional health. Disruption during sleep can affect levels of neurotransmitters and stress hormones which can lead to increased risk of developing depression.
Sleep problems commonly affect people with psychiatric disorders, generally those with Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
In a typical psychiatric practice, chronic sleep issues can affect between 50 to 80% of patients compared to 10-18% of adults int he general US population.
Here are some helpful tips to help you get more shut-eye:
-Develop good sleeping habits which includes maintaining a regular sleep schedule
-Avoid stimulating triggers close to bedtime such as caffeine, television, computer, etc.
-Regular aerobic activity
-Relaxation techniques such as Meditation
-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which is a kind of therapy that can help you control or eliminate negative thoughts and worries that keep you awake.
If medication is needed, our providers are here to help. An evaluation is a great first step if you have sleep problems.