Helpful Sleep Tips for Your Mental Health

Helpful Sleep Tips for Your Mental Health March 17, 2022Leave a comment

Did you know that not getting enough sleep can trigger more nightmares? This can make it difficult to get enough quality sleep, because you’re not getting the REM cycle sleep you need. When your body is struggling to get enough sleep, it can enter REM mode more quickly and frequently, which can lead to some vivid and distressing dreams.

One way around this is to try for better sleep health.

Did you know that not getting enough sleep can lead to a variety of health problems* such as:

– Difficulty focusing
– Low mood
– Feeling irritable and anxious
– Memory problems that make it difficult to learn new things

A few tweaks can make a big difference.

Here are a few suggestions – these tips are taken from “The Anti-Depressant Book,” by Dr Jacob Towery:

1. Figure out what time is the latest you can get up in the morning. Count backwards 10 hours from there. That hour is when all screens should be out away. Screens emit blue light which can make it difficult for your brain to signal sleep.

2. Set a second alarm outside your room (on weekends too) to make sure it helps you get up at a regular time.

3. Try to commit to this for 30 days and see how you feel.

*From the American Sleep Association

We hope this has been helpful to you.

Further Reading

The Enemies of Sleep: Up to 80% of pregnant women experience some kind of sleep disturbance in pregnancy.

Fighting Postpartum Depression (with Quality Sleep):  Getting adequate sleep during pregnancy can help prevent mood disorders.

9 Tips for Getting Better Sleep While Pregnant: (Sleep) helps stabilize mood, improves your body’s immune response and can help prevent mood disorders after pregnancy, including postpartum depression.

No Time for Sleep During Pregnancy: The problem is that sleep lost during pregnancy is never regained, and women start their new lives with their infants in a state of sleep deficit.

Using Sleep to Prevent Postpartum Depression: Approximately 47 percent of pregnant women suffer from poor quality of sleep.

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