We have all heard it before, get 8 hours of sleep for a healthy lifestyle. It’s a lot easier said than done, especially when you are dealing with a mental illness.
Sleep is often the first thing addressed by doctors and therapists. How are you sleeping? Can you fall asleep? Can you stay asleep? Are you getting enough sleep?
Why is sleep so important?
Sleep plays an integral role in:
- managing mental health
- reducing stress
- improving concentration
- heals and repairs your body
- purges the brain of toxic proteins made during the day
- boosts your immune system
What happens when we don’t get enough sleep?
- lack of memory
- brain processing speed and time
- high blood pressure
- risk of heart attack and stroke
- sleep disorders
- lower sex-drive
Currently, researchers are studying if a lack of sleep, is not a symptom, but could cause mental illness. 😮
Create a consistent sleep routine and stick to it!
When you are struggling with stress, burnout, depression, anxiety, etc. it is important to focus on creating a restful sleep routine. It should be the first thing you do in your self-care journey. Getting a restful, healthy sleep will allow you to focus on the other aspects of your mental health recovery.
~ Lacey ~
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