Good sleep is fundamental to good mental health, just as good mental health is vital to good sleep. A good night’s sleep is about getting to sleep, staying asleep and getting enough good quality, deep sleep.
Increasingly, studies show that the pattern and quality of our sleep is not only closely linked with our mental health and wellbeing, but also with our immune system, our alertness/cognitive functioning, our mood, our physical wellbeing, blood pressure and general health.
When we are having challenges in relation to our mental health, this can have an impact on our sleep patterns. For example, there is evidence to suggest that individuals who experience depression, anxiety and/or trauma-related symptoms may have more persistent difficulties sleeping.