One of the MOST overlooked mental health habits...

...is getting enough sleep at night.

Skimping on your Zzzz’s can leave you feeling emotionally vulnerable and opens the door to negative thinking. Insomnia messes with our brain, making it difficult for us to regulate our emotions and think clearly. A good night’s rest on the other hand, builds emotional and mental resilience.

Clinicians now view sleep deprivation as a factor leading to poor mental health, rather than just a symptom of it. Not getting enough sleep can put you at risk for things like anxiety and depression (1) - two mental health concerns that are on the rise.  

The effects of inadequate sleep can be felt by all ages – children, the middle-aged, seniors, etc. According to the American Journal Pediatrics, “Adolescents who get less sleep than they need are at higher risk for depression, suicide, substance abuse and car crashes. Evidence also links short sleep duration with obesity and a weakened immune system." (2)

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To Sleep Or Not To Sleep?

sleep Jul 13, 2018

Have you ever heard successful people must never sleep?

Our culture seems to give a badge of honor for those who do not sleep enough. We have so much going on we often cut out sleep to get more accomplished. We think this will help us with our goals because we have “more time” to work on them.

Research says differently.

A Harvard Business Review study of 35,000 business leaders shows that there is a direct link between sleeping and success but it’s not what you might think.

The study found that the more senior a person’s role is, the more sleep they get

Why? The study pointed out that higher level executives often have administration assistants, however, that is not the main reason. The study concluded that the main reason is “senior executives have had the wisdom and discipline throughout their career to get enough sleep and thereby maintain a high performance level without burning out.” 

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Does Your Sleeping Environment Look Like This?

sleep Jun 28, 2018

How much sleep we get makes a big difference in our overall health. Prolonged sleep deprivation or poor quality of sleep can increase our body weight and also make us at higher risk for heart disease and other chronic diseases. One way to help us get enough sleep is to set up an inviting sleep environment.

What does an inviting sleeping environment look like?

  • Make sure to keep your bedroom at an appropriate temperature: 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit! If it’s too hot, it will be much more difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep.
  • Is your mattress getting old? A good mattress can make all the difference when it comes to a good night’s sleep! According to sleepbetter.org, the average mattress lasts ~7 years before it needs to be replaced.
  • If you don’t have dark shades in your bedroom, think about trying them out! Too much light in your bedroom can make sleep difficult. If you don’t want to buy darkening...
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