As we continue to look at how sleep impacts your mental health, we again focus on the correlation between anxiety and depression and lack of sleep. It's no secret that it's hard to feel your best when you haven't gotten a full night of sleep. However, for those who struggle with chronic conditions like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or sleep apnea, the impact of poor sleep on their mental health can be significant. In recent studies, those who have been diagnosed with a chronic sleep condition are more likely to develop depression and anxiety than those who have a history of insomnia. If you're depressed, get the help you need from Legacy Freedom. We offer quality Raleigh, NC depression treatment.
When it comes to the impact of sleep on mood or mood on sleep, it is difficult to know which to treat first for some people. If no physical reason for a loss of sleep is present, then treating the mental health component of the equation first may result in better sleep. For those who do have OSA or sleep apnea, treating the medical reason for not getting a full night's rest may help improve mental health and well-being as sleep quality improves. Getting your general practitioner and your mental health provider to work together to create a care plan that will help you treat both issues at the same time is optimal. People with sleep difficulties like insomnia, sleep apnea, and OSA are more likely to relapse and not respond to treatment if their sleep issue is not addressed first or while the mental health issues are being treated.
The relationship between sleep and mental health is far more complicated than was once believed. Now that mental health professionals know more about the relationship between sleep and mental health, groups of people who are at higher risk for experiencing mental health issues as a result of lack of sleep are being asked about their sleep history as part of treatment protocols. Those who have a history of anxiety, new mothers, and teenagers are often considered to be the most at risk groups for lack of sleep. Focusing on sleep helps identify any potential issues and allows the client to receive more direct treatment as it relates to their mental health and sleep balance.
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Using alternative mental health treatments like aromatherapy, yoga, tai chi, or inner child work may help alleviate the anxiety and depression that are making it hard for you to get the rest you need. By combining these treatments with traditional talk and group therapy achieving a better understanding of your anxiety and depression may be possible. Knowing why you feel anxious or depressed can make overcoming these feelings easier. At Legacy Freedom of Raleigh, we combine these two types of therapy in order to give you a more complete and holistic approach to your mental health care. We believe in treating the whole person, not just your anxiety and depression.
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