How Sleep Affects Your Mental Health

Getting quality sleep is important for your health—especially your mental health. Sleep and your mental health are closely related and can create a vicious cycle if you start struggling with either one. According to Harvard Health, close to 20% of Americans struggle with some type of sleep disorder. That number increases to a staggering 50 to 80 percent among Americans who also have a mental health condition. March 13th-19th is Sleep Awareness Week, which gives us an opportunity to explain how sleep affects your mental health and what you can do to improve both.

Mental health and sleep depend on each other

Not getting enough sleep, or getting poor quality sleep can make it harder to manage your emotions and stress levels. You may find yourself having a hard time concentrating or making decisions. You might also notice that you rely too heavily on caffeine to get you through your day, which can increase or aggravate anxiety and other mental health disorders. On the flip side, getting good sleep improves your thought processing, learning abilities, memory, and energy levels.

How you can improve your sleep

Set yourself up for a successful night's sleep by setting the mood for sleep. The National Sleep Foundation recommends considering the following environmental factors for the best sleep:

Here are some more ways you can support good sleep:

Seek support if needed

A lack of adequate sleep can trigger or worsen stress and anxiety, causing a decline in your mental health. Similarly, if you struggle with declining mental health, it can make it difficult to sleep. Addressing mental health problems with a licensed therapist can help you achieve the quality of sleep you need. If you or someone you know is in the California or Nevada areas and struggles with poor sleep due to anxiety, depression, stress, or other mental health concerns, reach out to Medens Health for evaluation and treatment options. Contact us by phone or text at (833) 624-5400 or on our online portal.


The information provided in this blog is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Reliance on any information provided in this blog is solely at your own risk. Always seek the advice of your physician or a qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding your medical or mental health. If you don’t currently have a therapist, we can connect you with one who is qualified to give you safe, professional, and ethical advice regarding your mental health.

If you or someone you are responsible for is experiencing a medical emergency, is considering harming themselves or others, or is otherwise in imminent danger, you should call 9-1-1 and/or take them to the nearest emergency room.