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How Minimal Sleep Affects Your Mental Health

Published on July 19th, 2019

Taking care of your body comes in all different forms. Maybe you decided to skip your usual morning workout because you are feeling more sore than usual, or maybe you opted for the apple instead of the donut at the breakfast buffet. However you choose to take care of your body, make sure that you always get enough sleep. This is a point that we try to cover during our adolescent therapy in Minneapolis. Sleep is one of the most important aspects of taking care of yourself, and the effects of a lack of sleep can impact your daily routine in addition to your mental health. 

Poor Sleep Comes with Negative Side Effects

Not only does a lack of sleep cause you to become grumpy and irritated, but it has a deeper effect on your mental health as well. During sleep, your brain repairs your body not only physically, but mentally as well. Your tissues grow and your muscles relax; plus, your skin cells, hormones and liver functions are restored as well. 

While a lack of sleep is not directly related to developing a mental illness, sleep problems are often linked to those who suffer from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and attention deficit disorders. 

Tips on Improving Your Sleeping Habits

Staying on your phone for long periods before you try to go to sleep can have an impact on how your body unwinds. Try to put your phone away at least 30 minutes before you go to sleep. If you often take naps, don’t take them late in the day. Exercising, eating well and participating in the right type of therapy is also beneficial in lightening your mental load and allowing you to sleep better. 

If you’re interested in adolescent therapy in Minneapolis, or if you are interested in any of our other services, don’t hesitate to contact our team today.

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