Is not getting enough sleep driving you crazy? Too crazy to get some sleep? Life is a vicious circle and sometimes we can get trapped on the merry-go-round. While we should see a doctor when it comes to our mental health or just get some sleep, here are some reasons that may give you a little incentive to make an appointment.
There are a multitude of causes for insomnia including stress, pain and depression. More importantly, it can lead to severe health issues such as reduced immunity, lack of coordination and attentiveness which can lead to unsafe driving, depression and extra work for your heart among dozens of other consequences that can threaten your life. Notice that depression can be a cause and an effect. It is one of those deadly merry-go-rounds. Jump off that merry-go-round and take care of your mental health.
Without enough rest, it becomes easier to worry about smaller issues, as well as the big ones. We lose the ability to be patient and we can lose the ability to stay calm. The more we worry, the more we become anxious. That anxiety can blow smaller problems into huge, gigantic ones. When problems seem to become big, they seem harder if not impossible to deal with. Which is another blow to our mental health.
Depression can be deadly. Losing sleep over it makes it even harder to cope. Where anxiety can make smaller problems bigger, depression can create problems where they don’t even exist. Our life is how we interpret it. With depression, our interpretations become sadder, more defeatist and bleak. Mental health is our rock to stand in the wind. Without it, we can blow away in the next gust. Sleep helps us stand strong.
Sleeping problems can be a result of schizophrenia. This mental health disease can cause episodes of delusions or hallucinations. Sleep deprivation can be a sign of an oncoming episode or make a current one more severe.
Hypersomnia is the opposite of insomnia. While the mental health disease of bipolar disorder can lead to both, hypersomnia can be more common. But, during periods of mania, bipolar sufferers can stay awake for days. The symptoms and causes are many. Getting enough sleep early in an episode can help.
Individuals with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder have double the incidence of sleeping disorders in comparison to the rest of the population. In fact, it is now questioned whether those who have been diagnosed with ADHD may have just been suffering sleep deprivation. Either way, sleep is an important factor.
Many of the above symptoms can already be an existing condition exacerbated by the lack of sleep. If any of these are affecting your life, see a doctor about your mental health. Stop losing sleep.