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Sleep and It’s Importance for Our Mental Well-being.

Though scientists are still investigating, it is however discovered that sleep disruption affects the levels of neurotransmitters and stress hormones. This imbalance throws the brain off, impairs the ability to think and clouds a person’s ability to make sensible decisions.

People with sleep disorders are four times more likely to have relationship problems, three times more likely to experience mood swings, three times more likely to suffer from lack of concentration and twice likely to have immune and energy deficiency, according to mentalhealth.org.uk.

Common Types of Sleeping Disorders

Did you know that there are more than 70 types of sleep disorders? Yes! According to Harvard Health Publishing, more often than not, sleep deprivation or problems are most likely to occur with people with psychiatric disorders.

Therefore, treatment, or medication, may be inevitable. The most common of all types of sleeping disorder are insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea (multiple awakenings during sleep, caused by breathing problems),

various movement syndromes (night fidgeting), and narcolepsy (sleepiness during the day).

The type of sleep disorder a person may have, its prevalence and impact all vary from one person to another and can be delved a bit more into through psychiatric diagnosis. However, the overlap between sleep disorders and various mental problems may be so great that researchers have long suspected that it can be genetic or biological in root.

Sleeping Cycle

An average person goes through two categories of sleep. One is “quiet sleep” and the other is called “rapid eye movement,” REM for brevity.

During our quiet sleep, we go through four stages of sleep. One category is deeper than the other. Deep in a sense where our sleep goes through 4 stages of increasingly deep sleep. So what happens during our quiet sleep? Well, our body temperature drops which allow our muscles to relax. When this happens, our heart rate and breathing slow down. At the fourth stage, or during our deepest sleep, physiological changes occur which helps our body recuperate from the stresses of the previous day which helps boost our immune system.

Get Sleep, Ways to Cope

Sleep problems create a huge impact on the wellbeing of individuals affected by it and must be addressed with sincerity and urgency. A sleep-deprived person’s GP should be the first go-to-person for assessment. Without a GP’s referral, it may be quite challenging to avail of a professional who specializes in mental health service. Nowadays, and due to the current pandemic the world is going through because of Covid19, online mental health counselling has picked up popularity, especially in regional areas where mental health support may be out of range, distance-wise.

A lifestyle change should also be considered when sleep apnea or insomnia. An increased level of physical activity can help people fall asleep faster and deeper with less wakening during the night. Meditation may help as well, but if all else fails, professional mental health care services can also be a positive choice. Regardless of what it takes for us to get a good night’s sleep, let us not cease in exploring the possible remedies that are available out there.


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