02nd Jun, 2023 Read time 3 minutes

How Sleep Affects Mental Health and Wellbeing

Whilst you are out and about during your day-to-day life, your sleeping pattern can have a significant impact on your mental health and well-being. For example, if you have had a lack of sleep this is going to have a negative impact on your ability to function with the best possible mental health. 

According to Mind, problems sleeping can have an impact on your stress levels, increasing anxiety as well as the ability to concentrate. 

Similarly, if you have had enough sleep, your anxiety levels will be reduced, with an increased level of productivity. 

How long should you be sleeping? 

Healthy adults should have around 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night, which will lead to the maximum level of productivity during the day. If you are a full-time worker, you will be less likely to encounter a slump in good sleep, which in hand will have a positive impact on productivity throughout the day. 

Check out our 30-second video showing you how many hours every age group should be having below. 

A lack of sleep has an effect on your physical health

It’s clear that mental and physical health work hand in hand. This is even clearer when it comes to a lack of sleep. Sleep deprivation can lead to many chronic health problems, including heart trouble, high blood pressure, kidney disease, stroke, and weight issues,  according to the National Institutes for Health. 

If your physical health is struggling, then this can in hand can have a negative effect on your mental health and well-being.

A lack of sleep messes up your sleeping pattern

If you are suffering from a lack of sleep, you will be unable to have a consistent pattern. For example, if you cannot sleep until midnight one night, and 2am the next, your body will be unable to know when to settle down. 

Messing with your internal sleeping clock can also be linked to cardiovascular risk factors like hypertension, insulin resistance, or diabetes. 

If you are working a full-time job, this can have a negative effect on your quality of work as well as your concentration, since your body will be low on energy. If you are working on a construction site, this could also have health and safety risks, leading to a potential accident to occur. 

Good sleep has positive effects on your mental health, as well as Health and Safety at work. 

A good night’s sleep on the other hand will have a positive impact on your mood. Your mental health will improve because you will be able to concentrate better at work, achieving the goals you have set for yourself. The people around you will notice too, and if you have many colleagues, you will be able to work together more effectively on work projects. 

You will also have a better structure at work reducing the chance of being late, thanks to a more consistent work pattern.

You can take a look at some more ways positive sleep impacts Health & Safety at work.

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