According To Therapist, Many Ways To Enhance Sleep In Order To Emotional Health

Nikki Attkisson | Last Updated : September 20, 2021

According to John Duffy, a clinical psychologist, he recently dealt with a 25-year-old guy who was having difficulties in his employment. He said that he had trouble thinking properly and that he had missed far too many days. And, as a result of his acknowledged negligence, his relationship with his girlfriend was on the verge of ending.

With sadness and anxiety, he described himself as feeling “disconnected from the rest of the world.” He had previously been in treatment for a couple of years and had experimented with several medicines for depression, anxiety, and attention problems. There didn’t appear to be anything that worked.

According Therapist, There Are Many Ways To Enhance Sleep Patterns In Order To Emotional Health

How’s your sleep going? He inquired, a question he asks all of the time. He wasn’t shocked when he informed him that his sleep habits were “awful,” as he described them. Over the course of a week, he would sleep 4 – 6 hours each night while staying up until 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. on social media or binge-watching a television program.

According Therapist, There Are Many Ways To Enhance Sleep

He attempted to make up for lost sleep on weekends, but he often awoke feeling even more exhausted than before. It was during his youth that he developed sleeping habits that he continued into adulthood. 

As we progressively changed his sleep patterns, adding sleep time throughout the week and establishing a regular bedtime as well as wake time, the symptoms started to subside, and he was able to go to work. Within two months, he stated that he had almost completely eliminated sadness and anxiety. Our main treatments were on modifying his sleeping patterns.

As it seems, our sleep habits are highly correlated with our level of emotional well-being on a psychological level. Adults should obtain at least seven hours of sleep each night, but according to the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) in the United States, one in every three adults does not meet this need.

When he asks my customers to keep track of their rest periods, they discover that they receive much less rest than they believe they are getting. Our irregular sleep habits may exacerbate stress, which in turn can worsen anxiety, sadness, and their ability to concentrate.

Poor sleep also makes it difficult to participate in activities that promote emotional well-being. Teens who have inconsistent sleep habits throughout the course of the week may suffer “social jet lag” beginning on Monday morning, which may cause them to fall behind in terms of both academic performance and social interaction with others, according to research.

This may result in not just a reduction in academic performance but also in tardiness, missing days, as well as a lack of willingness to study in the classroom. He has discovered that the same decline in performance and readiness is true among my older customers as well, according to him.

Finally, far too many of the families with whom I’ve worked have had hectic nights, with to-do items, schoolwork, or disputes that lasted late into the night or into the next day. A variety of screens add to the busy, chaotic, and unpleasant atmosphere that pervades far too many homes.

Nikki Attkisson

With over 15 years as a practicing journalist, Nikki Attkisson found herself at Powdersville Post now after working at several other publications. She is an award-winning journalist with an entrepreneurial spirit and worked as a journalist covering technology, innovation, environmental issues, politics, health etc. Nikki Attkisson has also worked on product development, content strategy, and editorial management for numerous media companies. She began her career at local news stations and worked as a reporter in national newspapers.

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