Sleep Disturbances – Insomnia
There’s a close relationship between sleep and mental health. Living with mental health challenges can affect how well you sleep, and poor sleep can have a negative impact on your mental health.
- Sleep problems can be broadly categorized into three types:
- Problems getting to sleep – lying awake and not being able to fall asleep.
- Problems staying asleep, for example waking up early in the morning.
- Poor quality sleep – not feeling refreshed by the sleep you do get.
- You may find a sleep problem can lead you to:
- have negative thoughts, feel depressed or anxious – if you have little sleep you may feel less able to rationalize worries or irrational thoughts
- feel lonely or isolated – if you feel tired you may not want to be sociable or see friends
Tips for dealing with Sleep Disturbances
- If you can’t sleep, get out of bed
- Don’t use electronics before sleeping
- Have a routine around sleep
- Don’t do anything in bed other than sleep
- Read before you sleep