How important is sleep in your life? Any time that you do something which your body does not naturally prefer, there are negative consequences. Eat a lot of unhealthy food, and your risk of developing heart disease, overweight and obesity, and a long list of health concerns is increased. Live and work in a stressful environment, and concerning physical and mental health conditions can develop.
In the same way, not getting enough sleep can cause anxiety and stress.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America has released research which suggests sleep deprivation is a principal cause of anxiety disorders. This is true even when your sleep deprivation is small in nature, for example, you only miss 1 or 2 hours of sleep each night. This is because the more complex a living organism is, the more important sleep is in delivering health to that organism.
Human beings are biologically the most complex living beings on the planet.
This means you are going to require sleep to remain mentally and physically healthy, and lots of it. When your body and mind are not fully rested, they weaken. When you do not get enough sleep on a regular basis, one of the first signals that something is wrong is anxiety.
This is your brain’s way of telling you that more serious problems can develop if you do not start getting proper sleep.
Researchers in the field of sleep study recommend a minimum of 7 hours of restful sleep each night. Those same researchers, and other health authorities, have noticed that there is no “catching up” on sleep that you have missed. In other words, the old argument that you can stay up all night tonight and not eventually pay a price if you sleep more later is actually and factually incorrect.
Scientists have also shown that some sort of sleep disruption in a normal sleep cycle is present in virtually all psychiatric disorders. Chronic insomniacs are almost always diagnosed with some type of anxiety disorder. These are just more telltale signs that sleep is very important for a healthy brain.
Normal stress throughout the day is healthy.
It is the way that your mind tells you there could be a danger or problem which could affect your health and well-being. However, when anxiety is your constant companion, this ever-present worry can lead to physiological changes in your body and your brain that are very unhealthy. Start consciously scheduling yourself for 7 or 8 hours of sleep each night, and eventually you will reprogram your internal clock to practice this healthy habit automatically.