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How Important Is Sleep to Your Mental Wellbeing

In modern day society, there just never seems to be enough time in the day. Between work, caring for the kids and organising your home, there is little time to spare. To deal with busy lifestyles, many people sacrifice hours of their sleep. While this may seem like a great idea, sacrificing sleep can be extremely detrimental to your mental health. Sleep is an essential part of your health and overall wellbeing and without it you can experience a range of side effects.

Reduced concentration and productivity

Sleep is extremely important for brain function. Without enough of it you will experience lapses in cognition, concentration, productivity and performance. If you’re a student, you may have difficulty concentrating in lectures and if you’re professional you may notice you are far less productive than usual.

Increased risk of depression

Poor sleeping routines have a strong link to depression and other mental health issues. In fact, it is estimated that 90% of patients with depression complain about poor sleep quality. Those suffering with sleeping disorders, such as insomnia or obstructive sleep apnoea, also report far higher rates of depression than those without.

Increased risk of anxiety

Around 50% of adults with generalised anxiety disorder also suffer from troubled sleep. Likewise, difficulties sleeping act to increase the effects of anxiety. It’s a vicious cycle that can result in nightmares or insomnia.

Increased driver fatigue

Sleep deprivation has such an impact on the mind that it can cause chronic driver fatigue. The effects are so overwhelming that many people with sleep issues drive as badly or worse than someone driving under the influence.

Is your lack of sleep affecting your mental health? If you are worried about your sleeping habits, then book an appointment with one of our general practitioners. Located on the Gold Coast, the practitioners at Southport Metro Medical are dedicated to helping you live a healthier, happier life.

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