Stress has taken a toll on our quality of sleep. Getting a restful night’s sleep is vital for our mental well-being. Often it does not get the importance it deserves. Psychiatrist Dr Sagar Mundada explains the connection between getting quality sleep and mental health.
Why sleep is vital for our mental well-being
If our body does not get the required seven to eight hours of sleep daily, it can lead to an end number of psychiatric and physical problems. From blood pressure to diabetes to thyroid to increased risk of cancer developing. Sleep is crucial; you are not energising your body.
Chronic sleep issues can also increase our chances of anxiety. It can also result in anger issues getting out of control and increased risk of clinical depression. Also, our overall ability to think critically and rationally also goes down. Sleeping is not just about taking rest. It’s about rebooting your entire system. If you don’t reboot it, you are going into the battlefield with any armour.
Tips to help you sleep better
It’s not only important to rest but also to ensure you get quality sleep. That’s vital for your physical and mental well-being. Here are a few tips that can help you get into a pattern of sleeping better.
- Ensure you maintain a natural sleep cycle
Sleep when there is darkness and wake up when there is light. In the dark our body secretes chemicals which help you sleep. In the morning, your body secretes chemicals that make you active. Doing the exact opposite of what your body is doing internally is bad for you in the long run. So, try and have a schedule that is in sync with your natural body cycle.
- Limit your screen time
As people are engaging more with various electronic devices it can hamper the quality of sleep you get. Hence, it’s important to reduce screen time and to turn off devices half an hour before going to bed.
- Avoid caffeine and have a glass of warm water instead
Have a lukewarm water bath and a glass of warm milk before going to bed. Both will help you sleep better.
If you still find it hard to sleep after a week despite following these tips, consult a doctor.