How does lack of sleep affect physical and mental health?

Sleep is when the body and mind is repaired, reordered and readied for the next day. Going without adequate amounts of it won't just leave you tired and irritable, it can also have longer term effects on both your physical and mental health.

Sleep is essential for a person’s health and wellbeing according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), yet millions of people do not get enough sleep. Wether that be because they don’t prioritise it or because they can’t get it, the result is the same that we are a sleep deprived nation and its taking its toll. Sleep and mental health problems come hand in hand as it would be almost impossible to be tired everyday and not start to feel low in mood. Furthermore, anxiety is one of the biggest causes of insomnia as when something is on our minds we end up lying in bed worrying until the early hours.

Most of us know from painful experience that a lack of good sleep can affect all manner of things – such as our energy, concentration and mood. In fact, it's hard to think of an aspect of our daily lives that sleep doesn't affect. Evidence suggests that long-term poor sleep can increase our risk of developing a range of mental and physical illnesses – from depression to diabetes.

At The Insomnia Clinic we help people to understand and improve their poor sleep which in turn improves daytime functioning, physical and mental health. The programme of treatment we offer is cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-i) so if you are still struggling to sleep then CBT-i  is the NHS recommended approach to fix poor sleep. CBT-i works by looking at both the behavioural and cognitive (mental) factors which are maintaining sleep problems.

Contact The Insomnia Clinic to find out more about our 1:1 sessions, buy the online course or to book your free 10-minute telephone consultation to find out more.

Sam Sethi