Problems sleeping? A new survey has found that dissatisfying sleeping patterns are associated with more depressive symptoms
A new survey shows that sleep is critical to our mental health.
The National Sleep Foundation released its annual “Sleep in America” poll on Thursday. It found “strong associations” between depressive symptoms and sleep health characteristics.
Half of those who reported sleeping less than seven hours a night on weeknights claimed they suffered from mild-to-moderate depressive symptoms. 21% said they were experiencing severe symptoms.
Nearly two-thirds of those who reported unhappiness with their sleep (65%) said they had depressive symptoms. 31% said they had moderate to severe symptoms.
These poll results are coming when the United States faces a mental illness, which was made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Joseph Dzierzewski (Vice President of Research and Scientific Affairs of the National Sleep Foundation) said the survey was necessary because “as a licensed clinician, I would say that there’s never been an opportune time to think about the strong link between our sleep and mental well-being.”
A poll found that almost 2/3 of 5 people have trouble falling asleep (37%) or staying asleep (28%), and nearly half reported mild to severe depressive symptoms.
Positive correlations show that over 90% of people with good sleep quality reported having no or minimal depressive symptoms.
The NSF has some suggestions for people who have trouble sleeping.
- Establishing a routine for your sleep
- Avoid screen time before bed
- Create a sleeping environment
- It is important to get light during the day and not at night.
The foundation recommends speaking with your doctor if you are still experiencing symptoms or are not getting enough sleep.
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