We’ve all been there. You get out of bed feeling like your eyelids are made of lead and that you may have inadvertently stepped into the path of oncoming traffic at some point during the night. You tossed and turned, lay wide-awake in your bed, longingly begging your body to JUST GO TO SLEEP.
Insomnia or even just poor sleeping patterns can wreak havoc on your mental health. Not only do you feel irritable and lousy when you don’t get enough sleep, but you could also set yourself up for depression and anxiety.
That seems backwards, doesn’t it?
While it’s true depression and anxiety can often lead to poor sleeping habits, when you consistently lose out on a solid night’s rest due to poor choices throughout the day or insomnia, research suggests it’s also vice versa. According to one research study, insomnia quite often leads to depression.
Depression often goes hand-in-hand with anxiety. Anxiety can lead to poor sleeping patterns. Poor sleeping patterns can lead to stress. Stress leads to poor sleeping habits.
See where we’re going with this?
Round and round we go, in a horrible, neverending, exhausting cycle.