Why Sleep Is So Powerful For Mental Health
In this fast-paced western society we are always connected and available 247, we have information flowing to us every day and there are growing expectations that we will respond quickly. In view of all of this, there is a growing need for us to work or function in terms of our mental health not just ‘normal’ or ‘acceptable’ standards, but ‘right’ standards.
Positive means that we work at the highest levels of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being, so that we are better able to cope with the demands of life. When we work at a low level, it is very difficult for us to do even the basic activities of life.
So how do we ensure that our health and well-being are not what they should be?
One major factor that contributes to long-term mental health and well-being is making sure we have 7-9 hours of good sleep each night.
Sleep fixes the body. This has a positive effect on knocking on the way you work intelligently in the next and following days. When we sleep, we sleep in sequences of 60-90 minutes. At that point, we move between deep sleep (called delta) where the body repairs itself and easy REM sleep.
REM sleep (fast movement), or light sleep, transports information from your temporary memory to your long-term memory. This helps you to better remember the information you take on a daily basis. It is during this REM sleep phase that your eyes suddenly move from one side (hence the name) and that you dream.
Getting to bed at the right time (maybe 10pm) and getting the right amount of sleep every night keeps your circulation rhythm in order. Your circadian rhythm is your natural body clock that gives you signals when it is your bedtime and when it is time to wake up. Patterns of working shifts (especially night shifts) can eliminate this balance which can have serious consequences not only for your mental and physical health but also for your intestinal health.
Lack of good quality sleep means that instead of being fully awake and energetic during the day, you may find yourself drowsy, lazy and unable to concentrate for any significant amount of time. Additionally, if you sleep at night you may feel ‘tired and dizzy’ (meaning your body is physically tired, but your mind is awake so you can’t sleep).
Melatonin, the hormone that prepares your body for sleep, and serotonin (your active hormone) need to be balanced in order to function as efficiently as you can during the day. This means that melatonin enters certainly from 9pm (to help you sleep) until 7am when serotonin is released to take you through the day. When this melatonin, the serotonin balance cycle is fully awake during the day and sleeps at night (where you should be). This means you get better sleep at night.
So never underestimate the power of sleep if you value your health and well-being. Good sleep not only helps us to be more efficient but also strengthens our immune system, helping us to avoid germs and other diseases that we can easily get at a low level and with good sleep quality.
So sleep is one of the basic pillars of healthy living. Without it we may eventually find ourselves not only working overtime but also exposed to chronic stress conditions such as ME, chronic fatigue syndrome, or fibromyalgia. These conditions can be debilitating and, if left unchecked, can leave us confined or confined to a wheelchair.
So the main way to take care of your mental health over time is to make sure you not only get 7-9 hours but make sure you sleep at the right time to increase your chances of getting the best night out. lala.