If exercise is a habit of yours (and I hope it is), then you likely already know that as you sleep, your muscles repair and recover. This critical rest is what makes it possible for your muscles not just to stay strong but for your body to perform daily functions.
The importance of sleep doesn’t just apply to your body – your brain is no different. And even though your brain never really rests, it undergoes certain processes that it can only do while you sleep.
As you sleep, your brain consolidates memories and processes information. A sleep-starved brain can contribute to false memories, anger, impaired concentration and decision-making abilities, and mood fluctuations, to name a few. This is where having a mental health nighttime routine can help. Incorporating habits like journaling and meditation are extremely beneficial to ease your mind before bed. If you are new to meditation and looking for guided help this review on Calm vs Headspace is a great place to start.
You might already notice changes in your cognitive functioning and emotional health after missing just one night of sleep. When sleeplessness persists and turns into days, it can take a serious toll on your mental health.
If you find yourself tossing and turning all night, this lack of sleep can make your world ten times more difficult to manage. Not only because sleeplessness can exacerbate your symptoms but because your altered mental state and emotional and cognitive abilities make it harder to address these symptoms.
If it gets to the point where things aren’t improving on your own, therapy is a tremendous resource to consider. Sleep troubles due to conditions like anxiety are highly common. If you are unsure of what to say at your first therapy session, don’t worry, this blog will help you navigate what to say at your first therapy session.
Any experienced therapist should be able to help you through treatment. Through therapy, you might address the importance of sleep in your life and the impact it’s had. A therapist can walk you through techniques and help you get to the root of your sleep struggles.
That said, you don’t have to wait until things get worse. You might learn something valuable in therapy that you can do before bed to improve your overall mental health and sleep right now. In the meantime, I want to leave you with a variety of can’t sleep quotes.