How important is sleep for your mental health?
Updated: Jul 27, 2019
There appears to be a correlation between reduced sleeping times over the last two decades and an increase in the incidence of mental illness. Over the last twenty years, one of the major challenges in our society has become inadequate sleep, primarily due to television, the Internet, and night time social activities and many people are suffering chronic partial sleep deprivation. It is well established that mental health and sleeping problems are strongly associated.
Research suggests that chronic sleep deprivation may increase the chances of developing mental health challenges, and reduce the likelihood of recovery for individuals already suffering from a these conditions. The DRIVE Study performed a study on nearly 20,000 youth in Australia, assessing sleep duration and persistent psychological distress at baseline and at twelve-months. They show that shorter sleep duration not only increases the likelihood of developing psychological distress, but also that recovery is dependent on getting enough rest.
Therefore, encouraging healthy sleep is vital in any treatment plan addressing mental health conditions.