There is a very close relationship between mental health and sleep. If you have a mental health condition, it can affect how you sleep. In addition to this, poor sleep can negatively impact your mental health. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

We all need to sleep, but many people have problems sleeping. If you have an issue with sleep you might have some of the following symptoms: 

  • You often find it hard to fall asleep, you might find it hard to stay asleep. Additionally, you could wake up earlier than you wanted to. This is known as insomnia.
  • You often have problems that mean you have difficulty sleeping. For example, you might have nightmares, panic attacks, flashbacks, or psychosis.
  • You often sleep a lot, you might even sleep when you want to be awake. 
  • You can find it hard to get out of bed or even wake up.
  • You find yourself feeling tired or sleepy a lot of the time. This might be because you’re not getting enough sleep, because you have poor sleep quality, or you have health issues. 

What Can Cause Sleep Problems?

If you can’t sleep, it might be due to one or more of the following issues:

  • You are a parent or a carer.
  • You use recreational drugs and alcohol.
  • You have physical or mental health problems that can affect your sleep.
  • You have past or current trauma.
  • You’re are stressed or worried about something.
  • You take medication or you’re lowering your dose. 
  • You work shifts or work nights.
  • You sleep somewhere that isn’t comfortable or you are disturbed easily.

How Mental Health Can Affect Your Sleep 

You could have difficulty sleeping if you are struggling with your mental health. For example:

  • Anxiety can cause repetitive or racing thoughts and worries. You might even have a panic attack when you’re trying to sleep.
  • Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder can make you even more tired, or you might sleep more often. Depression can be the cause of insomnia.
  • Mania can cause you to feel elated and be full of energy. Sleep might, therefore, be the last thing you want to do. 
  • Medication that has been prescribed for mental health conditions can cause side effects. The side effects can include oversleeping, nightmares, disturbed sleep, or insomnia. If you’ve recently lowered your dose. of medication or you’re no longer taking it, it can cause sleep issues. 
  • Psychosis or paranoia can make it hard to sleep. You might even hear voices or see things that frighten you.

How to Improve Your Sleep 

  • Try to have a routine.
  • Relax before you go to bed.
  • Have a sleep diary.
  • Try not to use your phone or tablet at least 30 minutes before you go to bed.
  • Make your bed more comfortable if you can.

The good news is you can get help for a sleep disorder help in Selby. Please speak to your doctor if you’re having trouble sleeping. They might suggest that you have therapy (If required), or you take medication. Alternatively, they may refer you to a sleep clinic. 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk