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What is the Importance of Sleep to You and Your Mental Health?

What is the Importance of Sleep to You and Your Mental Health?

In today’s world, time gets away from you quickly.  Daily routines can be hampered by sleep deprivation equally as quickly if we are not aware of the small sacrifices one makes in their chosen activities.  
Not scheduling personal sleep time brings to pass a greater disparity that quickly closes the gap between being healthy and being run down by modern lifestyles.

The Brain does not like to go without rest periods

It takes energy to keep up a full or even a part-time job while attending to other equally important matters of child care and home organisation.  In order to fulfil all that is expected of you, sleep is usually what is sacrificed.
More education about the importance of sleep is necessary, however, by choosing to sacrifice sleep, you then become susceptible to poor health both physically as well as mentally.  
The brain does not like to go without rest periods, as an overall requirement for positive mental health is making sure that your brain gets complete closure through sleep for a certain amount of time every single day.
Below are listed several reasons to enlighten your understanding on the importance of sleep.

Reduced Attentiveness and Efficiency

The functioning of the brain relies heavily on the amount of sleep you get on a regular basis.  
Without enough sleep, you could experience severe delays in thought processes, and/or a lack of awareness of necessary activities leading to efficiency and routine.  
Students may struggle to be fully in sync with lectures and the associated study needed for optimum gains.  Professionals will most certainly become less creative in their daily approach to their chosen careers.

An Ever Expanding Threat of Hopelessness

Mental health issues often arise from inadequate resting habits.  Inadequate resting habits lead to a strong sense of hopelessness quickly melding to other health issues regarding one’s mental health.  
They say that 90% of mental health sufferers grumble about poor sleeping habits. Poor sleeping habits can be caused by sleep apnoea as well as restlessness during the normal hours of sleeping. It is fast becoming a known fact that those who are deprived of sleep can tend to sink into deeper despair.

Intensified Apprehension

Being caught between a rock and a hard place where sleep is concerned can become a vicious circle:  the lack of sleep can be the cause of bad dreams; bad dreams cause you to fear going to sleep; fearing to go to sleep being the major cause of lack of sleep accelerates into an anxious state of the mind.  
There seems to be no end of this vicious circle.

Unanticipated Surge in Tiredness While Driving

The mind is an amazing phenomenon, and as with most areas of our body, it needs regular rest for it to function at its best.  
If you happen to be suffering from not getting enough sleep, then this could lead to something much more dangerous – even affecting your ability to drive.
Driver’s fatigue can be compared to someone driving under the influence of too much alcohol in their system.  Equally of importance, suffering from not enough sleep could also be contributing to the state of your mental health.  
Should you have anxieties in any of these areas, I would suggest that you make an appointment with our team at Mountain Medical Centre where you will get expert advice from one of our General Practitioners who are keen to lead you on the path to health and happiness.

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