I love to sleep. For me the idea of curling up in PJs at the weekend and getting a solid 10 hours is bliss. I know, I know, I’m 23 years old, surely I don’t need that much sleep. I thought so too until I worked out that, actually, sleep can completely change my mental state. So, why is sleep so important for my mental health?
Before I had Depression or Anxiety, I knew that if I didn’t sleep, I wasn’t in the best mood. My sister is the same if we’re tired we’re easily annoyed and I get particularly emotional. Joy of joys but I could deal with it, I was just grumpy doing so. Then when I was a teenager I realised that a lack of sleep meant much more, it made me get a lot sicker. I struggled with my emotions, even more, to make sense of what was going on with me. It took on another meaning.
In my recovery and fight with mental illness over the past decade, I’ve had to make sleep a priority. And I’ve also had to be kinder to myself. In uni pulling an allnighter wasn’t an option for me, the emotional drain the next day from not sleeping was not worth it. I started making sure I had a plan for busy times to make sure I could get my 8 hours and be as mentally healthy as possible. Did it always work? Of course, it didn’t! But I had the knowledge and knew that sometimes if I felt down that was why.
Just as I managed that and was happy, I broke my spine. Even after I recovered I found the fatigue getting worse and worse, impacting me mentally and physically. Eventually, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, which meant sleep was even more important as it now impacts me physically.
Why am I writing about this? A lot of people who prioritise sleep are deemed ‘lazy’ or ‘boring’, I’ve been in the situation so many times. A lot of people claim that, because of my age, I should be out and partying and shouldn’t need sleep. You know what I do and even if it didn’t impact my health it’s my choice.
Are you a fellow sleep lover? Let me know in the comments below!
3 thoughts on “Why Sleep Is So Important For My Mental Health”
I absolutely love a good night of sleep! Not only is it good for mental health, but it’s also good for job performance. I find that my job performance really suffers if I get 7 hours or less. I don’t know if other readers find that.
I have to get alot of sleep for my mental health as well. And probably for my physical health, too, like my blood pressure. I’m also a serious early bird so I’m up around 6 am no matter what. That means I have to get to bed early around 9 to make sure I get 8 hours in.
That kind of gets me labled as someone who doesn’t like to have fun. I do, it just has to be during the day.
I understand that! Good for you that you worked out what you need!