There's a strong connection between our sleep quality and our emotional health.
Multiple studies have shown us that people who are sleep deprived suffer increased negative moods and a decrease in positive ones. Think about how you feel the morning after a terrible night of sleep; irritated, grumpy and exhausted. Now imagine what the effect of weeks or months of poor sleep would do to you. The unfortunate thing is, most people don't realise they have a problem. They assume they're sleeping enough and that their mental fog and tiredness is a normal part of life. This needs to change. Thankfully, the opposite to this phenomenon is also true; good sleep makes us happier, clear-minded and focused. Here are three things you can do to improve your sleep, and by doing that, become a happier person. 1. Sleep for long enough We need around 8 hours of sleep per night, and the reality is that most Australians don't get that. It's true that life is busy, and it can be hard to make sure you're getting the shut-eye you require, but you need to try. Culling an hour or two of sleep, whether for work or play, is not worth the emotional consequences. 2. Practice good sleep hygiene There are multiple practices we can and should be employing, that culminate in good quality rest. These include: - Sticking to a bedtime routine - Avoiding afternoon caffeine - Restricting screens in the bedroom - Keeping your bedroom dark, cool and quiet Build these habits into your rhythm of life to maximise your sleep. 3. Speak to a professional If you can see how your poor sleep is affecting your mood & well being, and it doesn't seem like you're able to fix it, then please speak to a medical professional. Book an appointment with your GP, and get in touch with us. We'd love to help you sleep well so that you can be the happiest, healthiest version of yourself. Sleep well, live well.