By: Lauri Leadley, CCSH, RPSGT- Clinical Sleep Educator|Sleep Coach
The fact that poor sleep affects our mood does not really require any scientific proof. Most of us know that we wake up irritable after a poor night’s sleep.
The effects of which often play out through the day – unless you drown a few extra cups of coffee, poor sleep, if it continues for days, can leave you short-tempered, mentally drained, physically exhausted, and open to mood swings.
What most of us also know, is that the best way to fix this is by getting a good night’s sleep. The bigger question though is – what causes or can lead to poor sleep in the first place?
There are several factors which impact our sleep quality. Stress, lifestyle habits, emotional distress, or a health condition are some of the more common reasons for poor sleep. It’s equally important to know that while sleep can have an effect on your mood – in turn, your mood and mental state can also impact your sleep quality.
As a professional sleep coach, I very often come across patients with sleep disorders where stress is a major contributor to their condition. If poor sleep continues for a few days, you will start suffering from sleep deprivation.
Over a period of time, the effects of sleep deprivation can be very damaging. It can lead to bouts of depression or anxiety. It can affect health and compromise the immune system. If left untreated, it can even pave the way for other sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea or insomnia.
Here are three indications that your mood might be impacting your quality of sleep.
You Find it Difficult to Settle Down
When you get into bed, do you find it difficult to fall asleep quickly? Do you find your thoughts wandering – leaving you tossing and turning in bed? If you are too wound-up and your switch is always “on,” then your brain will never sufficiently relax to fall asleep.
On top of this, do you find yourself constantly battling negative thoughts or just constantly burdened by negativity in general? If yes, then this can have a major impact on your ability to sleep and your quality of sleep. In people suffering from depressive disorders, the risk of insomnia is much higher.
Being Productive is a Challenge
If you suffer from depression or anxiety, not only will it impact your quality of sleep, it can affect you in your waking/productive hours as well. And this can happen even if you have clocked enough hours of sleep. Simply making it through the day can be challenging.
You Experience Bad Dreams
The occasional bad dream or scary dream is not uncommon. Most of us experience it at some point or another.
However, if you suffer from frequent bad dreams or nightmares, it could be linked to depression and anxiety, or to poor sleep quality. If you suffer from poor sleep quality and depressive disorders, it can affect your quality of life as well.
When you have bad dreams, it can wake you up and keep you from going back to sleep. You may find yourself tossing and turning through the night. Here again, the inability to fall back into sleep prevents you from enjoying a good night’s restful sleep.
Even if you do clock a few hours, you can wake up feeling emotionally drained or down. A particularly bad episode of nightmares can leave you anxious to the point that you could find it difficult to fall asleep the following night as well!
Effective Treatment is the Key
If you suffer from depressive disorders such as depression, anxiety, or find yourself battling frequent low moods, you don’t have to continue to suffer. These are all treatable conditions. With effective treatment, you will find that your moods are more stable, and you will start sleeping better.
You can speak to your health provider or consult with a professional sleep coach if you find it difficult to sleep and for any mood issues that you might be facing.
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