South Denver Psychotherapy: The Importance of Sleep, Diet, and Exercise: Part 2: Sleep.

There are those who have had a certain proclivity towards anxiety or depression from a very young age, and is something they must work with in their day to day—no matter how “good” things in their life may seem. In other cases, the effect of depression or anxiety can be more acute or situational.

Whatever the case may be—there are things one can do to mitigate the severity of the symptoms that may accompany these physiological imbalances. Of the many things one can do, sleep, diet and exercise are incredibly important in the balancing of mood.

This particular blog is part 2 of a 3-part series, and will focus on sleep.

The Benefits of Sleep

Modern day society does not properly validate the importance of sleep. Many people think of it as an unimportant nuisance that they must do, but will do as little as humanly possible, and say things like “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”  

However, sleep is incredibly important to all functions of the mind, body, and spirit, not to mention emotional and mental well-being. When sleeping, amongst other things, your brain recharges, your cells repair themselves, and your body releases hormones that are necessary for daily functioning, including awareness, alertness, processing, and so much more.

Babies require 16 hour per day/night, ages 3-18 years require about 10 hours a night, and those who are age 19 to 55 still require 8 hours a night to experience truly good, deep sleep. It is only once people are over the age of 65 would a 6-hour night be “enough.”

So, keeping this in mind—if you are not getting a regular 8 hour night, you may be in major sleep deficit. You may feel foggy-brained, sluggish, irritable, and possibly anxious, stressed and/or depressed. People do not realize just how much sleep impacts their mood and ability to perceive life in a positive light.

That said—it may be that you wish you could get 8 hours, and suffer from sleep problems. In this case, you may need to do more regular exercise (see part 1 of this blog) in order to regulate your hormones and tire yourself out. Also, meditation before bed can be helpful in calming your mind and body. There are also vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements that can help to regulate and encourage sleep.

As we have already mentioned in this mental health care blog, sleep is just one of many ways to work with balancing your mental health. There is no one action of self-care that will “solve” all of your problems—you can perfect your diet, increase your daily exercise, and be getting plenty of sleep—and still struggle immensely.

With that said—it may be that counseling is a support that may be needed in addition to these other elements of improved mind and body health. It may be that your problems and worries are making your mind run wild and is preventing you from getting a good night’s sleep.

And, if this is the case—South Denver Psychotherapy is here to support you.

South Denver Psychotherapy offers counseling for women, counseling for men, relationship communication issues, teen counseling services, and more. Call South Denver Psychotherapy today to schedule an appointment, or check out our website for more information.