Understanding the impact of sleep on mental health is essential to helping young adults struggling with mental health issues recover and establish overall well-being. Sleep hygiene is a specialty program available at Yellowbrick that helps to teach young adults about the impacts of not getting enough sleep, the importance of sleep for mental health, and setting healthy sleep routines. But, what is sleep hygiene and why is it essential for mental health treatment in young adults?
Sleep hygiene is the practice and maintenance of a healthy sleep schedule. It is being able to get a good quality night’s rest by practicing habits that can help you get to and stay asleep. Using sleep hygiene practices allows a person to get the sleep they need in order to not experience the ill effects on the mental and physical health of lack of sleep.
It’s common to wake up in the middle of the night and need a glass of water every now and then. Or, get up early because you can’t get back to sleep. However, if you regularly have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep and this is impacting your daily life, you may have a problem with sleep hygiene and you may benefit from learning to practice sleep hygiene behaviors and patterns.
A lack of sleep can have a number of impacts. Some of these impacts can include increased stress and anxiety levels, mood regulation, memory, cognition, and taking care of personal responsibilities. In the long run, not getting enough sleep can lead to issues such as physical ailments including heart disease, obesity, and more.
Sleep plays a big factor in mental health for people who are living with mental health issues like mood disorders. A lack of sleep can reduce the brain’s ability to manage moods and can also increase stress and anxiety, making the symptoms of mental health issues worsen. In many cases, sleep issues are seen as a sign and symptom of mental health conditions such as depressive disorders and anxiety disorders.
Practicing sleep hygiene behaviors as a person struggling with the impacts of mental health issues is important to get better sleep. Sleep hygiene programs can help teach young adults diagnosed with mental health issues how to get the best quality sleep possible and practice skills that can allow for better sleep. Some behaviors for practicing good sleep hygiene can include:
Yellowbrick offers outpatient services to young adults and their families who are dealing with the effects of mental health issues. One of the specialty services we provide is sleep hygiene in which we provide information and education about sleep so that individuals can get better sleep to help aid their mental healing. Find out more about Yellowbrick, our programs, and the conditions we treat on our website.
Yellowbrick collaborates with adolescents and emerging adults, ages 16-30's, their families and participating professionals toward the development and implementation of a strategic “Life Plan.” An integrative, multi-specialty consultation clarifies strengths, limitations, and risks, and defines motivations, goals and choices.
A mental health condition that’s characterized by intense shifts in mood including both manic and depressive episodes.
People living with Major Depressive Disorder, or MDD, experience episodes of depression and sadness that are debilitating to daily life.
Those living with anxiety disorders experience high levels of anxiety and stress that interfere negatively with daily life.
A mental health issue in which a person’s cognitive function is impaired, resulting in symptoms like experiencing challenges with conducting speech, reading and writing, and behavior.
Mental health disorders that negatively affect a person’s behaviors, thought patterns, and function. People diagnosed with these disorders experience challenges with managing relationships and understanding various situations.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that people can develop as a result of experiencing traumatic situations, characterized by symptoms including flashbacks, avoidance behaviors, and more.
A mental health condition that is characterized by specific symptoms of forgetfulness and lack of concentration, which makes it challenging to complete necessary tasks.
Mental health conditions that interfere with a person’s eating habits, thought patterns, and behaviors in negative ways.
A mental health disorder diagnosable with the DSM-5 that is characterized by both obsessions and compulsive behaviors.