The relationship between mental health and sleep is bidirectional which simply means that they affect each other, in either cause or effect. Poor mental health, including conditions like depression, anxiety, and stress, can lead to sleep disturbances such as insomnia or disrupted sleep patterns. Conversely, chronic sleep problems can exacerbate mental health issues and increase the risk of developing mood disorders.
Quality sleep is crucial for emotional regulation, cognitive function, and overall psychological well-being. Addressing sleep problems and prioritising good sleep hygiene can be a vital part of managing and improving mental health, while mental health treatment can help alleviate sleep-related issues, highlighting the interconnectedness of the two.