Mental Health and Sleep Disorders

Sleep and mental health

It’s time to have the talk. Not “The talk”, but the mental health talk. Mental health is an incredibly important topic that needs to be addressed because so many Americans experience mental health symptoms. With the average statistic of 1 in 4 American adults, aged 18 and older suffer from a mental health disorder. 

It’s important to know that you are never alone and there are resources available to you if you suffer from a mental health disorder

It’s human to get stressed out from time to time and there are tips to help you better manage stress. Too much stress and prolonged stress can take a toll on your mental health, and can disrupt your sleeping patterns. Sleep disorders, such as insomnia can affect how you deal with stress and can exacerbate anxiety. 

Take care of yourself, talk to a trusted friend or family member, or reach out to any of the resources listed below. 

Tips to Combat Stress 

  1. Simply start with a good night’s rest. You’d be surprised how much a good, quality sleep can rejuvenate you the next morning. Aim to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night and wind down an hour or 30 minutes prior to bedtime.Get those zzz’s! 
  1. Reduce caffeine. If too much caffeine is a culprit, then try reducing your caffeine intake or try decaffeinated beverages. 
  1. Regular exercise. Improve your sleep quality with daily exercise that you enjoy. Limit intense exercise routines close to bedtime. 

Have a difficult time falling asleep and staying asleep? It may be helpful to check out sleep disorder resources: 

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia 
  • Find a therapist who specializes in treating insomnia 

Please don’t suffer in silence, make your mental health and well-being a priority. Seek out the available resources to protect your mental health. 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Call 800-273-TALK (8255)

If you or someone you know is in crisis—whether they are considering suicide or not—please call the toll-free Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.

Crisis Text Line Text NAMI to 741-741 to talk with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support 

Counseling services available to talk, find a provider treating substance, addiction, disorders, mental illness

NAMI Hotline  Call 1-800-950-6264  or email [email protected] for NAMI hotline to answer questions, offer support, and provide practical next steps. 

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