Suffering From Lack Of Sleep?
Have you found yourself tossing and turning while in bed, doom scrolling your way through your phone and unable to get a proper wink? With the second wave affecting almost everyone you know, it’s hard to fall asleep and believe it or not, not sleeping is having an effect on your mental health.
Sleep disorders have often been linked to spike in disharmony in your mental, social, emotional and physical wellbeing like weight gain, loss of appetite, decreased concentration, altered performance, hormonal disorders amongst various others. It can also be linked to an increased risk of heart diseases and mental disorders as well as the development of Type 2 Diabetes in some cases.
How it impacts our mental health
Considering the mental health aspect, sleep and mental wellbeing are very closely connected. Sleep deprivation or lack of sleep affects your psychological and mental state. Research has found increased manifestation of mental disorders in patients having signs and symptoms of conditions like insomnia.
How to enhance sleep
While it might be easy to reach out for melatonin, it is important to have a proper sleep schedule in place. Here are some tips on how you can hit the sack peacefully.
Disconnecting from social media 30 minutes before bedtime prevents your brain from having unnecessary things to ponder over, allowing it to be in a relaxed and calm state.
2. Maintain a gratitude journal
Writing down three things that made you smile in your day goes a long way in helping you feel reassured and positive, and simultaneously releases stress busting hormones which enhance the quality of your sleep.
3. Monitor your diet
Including fresh vegetables in your diet helps not only in building your immunity but also takes care of many other things like your gut and your overall wellbeing. Keeping sugar and caffeine at a distance about two hours prior to bedtime plays a vital role in enhancing your quality of sleep.
4. Reach out and get help
Remember, it’s not worth losing your sleep over anything, because if you function happily and positively, you can stand up, face the day and seize it.