Sponsored by Pinnacle Pointe Behavioral Healthcare System

 

Have you ever been told to get enough sleep?

 

It’s a rite of childhood to be told to go to bed and get eight hours of sleep. But getting adequate sleep is not just for kids. Sleep is a crucial component of maintaining your mental health.

 

According to Lauren English, a licensed professional counselor and business development representative with Pinnacle Pointe Behavioral Healthcare System, getting sufficient sleep helps us perform better and be healthier, both physically and mentally. On the other hand, not getting the sleep you need can have negative effects.

 

“Sleep has a huge role in our mental health. Poor sleep negatively affects our ability to concentrate, to perform well at school and on the job. Inadequate sleep leads to health problems, ranging from obesity to anxiety and depression, mood problems to maintain our relationships,” she said.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have had more sleep issues. “A lot of people are dealing with sleep disturbance right now, so if you’re out feeling this way, you’re not alone,” she says.

 

These sleep difficulties have come at a cost to our mental health, resulting in increased anxiety and depression.

 

To help individuals suffering from sleep issues, English offers three tips to improve sleep.

 

  1. Get Some Vitamin D
    1. Getting sunlight will help you feel more awake and alert. “During the day, we’re telling ourselves, ‘Hey, it’s time to for me be awake. It’s time for me to get things done.’ You just feel more refreshed and ready to face the day. This will help you at night be able to feel like, ‘Okay, it’s time for me to wind down and go to bed,’” English says.
  2. Move Your Body
    1. English suggests getting at least of 10 to 15 minutes of movement every day. This movement does not have to be strenuous and can be a brisk walk. “Whatever you can make time for is going to help benefit your body. If we don’t really use our bodies during the day, then we really can’t say that we’ve done a whole lot to recover from. Sleep repairs it,” she says.
  3. Wake Up at the Same Time
    1. Resist the urge to sleep in on the weekends. English warns that sleeping in can negatively impact you by making you feel groggier.