Monday, February 6, 2017

The Link Between Poor Sleep and Mood Disorders

Woman Sleeping in Her Bed
Based on findings from one recent study, you might reconsider staying up past your bedtime.
Scientists tracked the sleeping habits of 171 women for two weeks to evaluate the potential link between sleep quality and mood disorders. 

At the beginning of the survey, researchers interviewed participants to establish a baseline score of their risk for depression and anxiety. After that, researchers administered follow-up surveys on a daily basis to track variations in mood.

After evaluating the data collected, the researchers found that the women who consistently got less sleep had a higher risk of experiencing anhedonic depression – an inability to derive pleasure from activities they once enjoyed.

(Note: How much sleep you need may vary slightly based on your daily routine, but in general, the National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-9 hours each night for adults between the ages of 17 to 64.)

Based on these findings, good sleep hygiene can help reduce your risk of experiencing anxiety and depression. And, it delivers a variety of other powerful physical and mental health benefits too. Need a few more reasons to cultivate healthier sleeping patterns?

4 More Reasons Why You Should Prioritize Sleep

(1) Good sleep supports your sobriety.
Making sure that you get enough sleep is important for everyone, and even more so for those who are creating a sober lifestyle. By getting quality sleep, you can reduce your risk of anxiety and depression which are common relapse triggers.

(2) You are in greater control of your emotions.
Researchers at the University of California, Berkley found that the amygdala—an emotional center of the brain—was about 60% more active in people who were sleep deprived than those who were well rested.

(3) It supports other healthy behaviors.
When you are well rested, you’re more likely to engage in other healthy behaviors such as eating right, working out and pursuing hobbies.

(4) Your body will thank you.
Consistently getting enough rest has been shown to reduce your risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, immune disorders – and it can help you maintain a healthy weight.

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