We all know that not getting enough sleep can ruin your mood for the next day.But how strong is the link between sleep and mental health? New poll from the National Sleep Foundation (opens in new tab) (NSF) has investigated just that, and the results are very clear: There is a strong correlation between sleep deprivation and depression.
NSF Annual Sleep in America Poll (opens in new tab) has been running for 25 years, making it one of the longest-running records of US perceptions, attitudes, and trends in sleep health. With organizations such as the CDC and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) now recognizing mental health as a major issue, the NSF needs to investigate the relationship between sleep health and mental health conditions such as depression this year. I felt that there was
The headline numbers strongly support that. A poll found that 65% of adults with sleep complaints experienced mild or higher levels of depressive symptoms. On the other hand, half of the adults who didn’t get her NSF-recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep slept less than her 7 to 9 hours. You experience mild or stronger depressive symptoms each night.
Taking a closer look at this number, polls show that adults who get less than seven hours of sleep each weekday experience more moderate to severe depressive symptoms than those who get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep. reported to be three times more likely to