Health - Wellness
Here's How Your Mental Health May Be Affecting Your Sleep
By ANNE TAYLOR
A lot of people struggle to get a good night's sleep, and there are many factors in your life that can be affecting your ability to catch some Z's. You may not have realized, however, how much your mental health may be impacting your sleep habits.
Anxiety or stress causes the body to be in a "fight or flight" mode, increasing heart rate and blood pressure which can make it difficult to relax enough to fall asleep. Additionally, people with depression experience negative thoughts and emotions that make it hard to drift off.
PTSD can increase your risk of nightmares; while mania can make you feel so energetic that you can't sleep at all. It's easy to downplay the importance of something unseen, but mental health is just as vital as physical health. If you're having trouble sleeping, it's important to talk to your doctor about any mental health concerns you may have.