Adequate Sleep is Critical for Physical and Mental Health

Pretty much everyone will say they know how important it is to get a good sleep at night. Despite this, according to the Centers for Disease Control, more than one-third of people in the United States do not get enough sleep on a regular basis. Adults need at least seven hours of sleep every night. Teenagers should be getting 8-10 hours of sleep per night and children should sleep between 9 and 13 hours each night. Adequate sleep is important for a number of reasons, but from a mental health perspective, research has shown that inadequate sleep can lead to problems with attention, concentration, and emotional regulation. More specifically, poor sleep habits have been shown significantly increase your chances of becoming depressed and feeling anxiety.

There is no substitute for sleep. You cannot extra coffee your way out of chronically missing needed sleep. For your health, both physical and mental, make a commitment to get at least 7 hours of sleep per night. If you are a parent, commit to ensuring your children get the minimum recommended sleep needed. It will pay dividends in their physical, emotional, and academic well-being.

If you have any questions about how a licensed clinical psychologist can help you achieve healthier sleep patterns please call Garrison Psychology and Counseling Services.

Lance Garrison