ZZZ and Mental Health

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Statistics say that almost every person in the world, at some point in their life, experiences…

the act of…

sleeping.

It is something that might seem very common and simple. After all, we spend one-third of our life doing it. In reality, sleep is very complex. We are still not very sure why we need sleep. We know what goes on in our bodies when we sleep, but that goes on even when we are awake. Sleep also finds a lot of mention in various schools of psychological thought. The thoughts go from the state we are in when asleep to what dreams are and how they can be interpreted.

Your thoughts must have gone to the Sigmund Freud book and that brings me to the point.

Sleep & Mental Health.

Sleep plays a very definitive role in our daily life. A disturbed slumber, and the whole day is spent from cup to cup basis having caffeine. Sleep too long or too little and everything seems to be going gingerly. It actually has an effect on our mental health as well.

A study found that the mental health status of people who had slept less than 7 hours or more than 9 hours was lower than those who slept between 7-9 hours. Lack of sleep or erratic sleep also correlates with reporting depression and anxiety traits.

My Experiences.

Normally, normal sleep is considered as one of the casualty of depression rather than a symptom. I distinctly remember that when my depression was taking its roots, a peaceful sleep was one of the first things affected. I would lay to sleep and then be overwhelmed by my thoughts. The thoughts of failure, disappointment, and gloom would take over. My eyes would be closed but the mind would be relaying all the images. It was a scary and horrible experience. I know that people face this in daily life as well, but it wasn’t at the normal level in those days. War in the old days was paused at night; in my mind on the other hand, nighttime is when the war began.

Slowly, the sleeping time was overtaken by nightmares and in no time, I was afraid of going to sleep. I would delay my time to bed for hours. A time came when I went to sleep when my parents woke up. I passed the time watching movies or reading novels but the fear of sleep hardly ever went away.

But,

It is not all doom and gloom here.

Last year, about sometime in June, I managed to sleep without a pill for the first time. There were no nightmares or uncontrollable thoughts. For the first time in nearly 2 years, I lay to rest with no qualms. Slowly, a day became a week and then a month. In a few months it will be a year. I accept that it isn’t a streak exactly. There were a few days when I had to take the sedative but they were few and far between.

So, I would say that sleep does have a role in our mental health. It acts as an indicator of where our mind is. Sleep is still an enigma for many researchers across the world.

People are trying to crack the enigma everywhere in the world. I learned to work with it.

Take that Alan Turing.


21 Comments

syncwithdeep · April 29, 2018 at 4:03 PM

Beautiful way of ending with zzzz sleep. True that a good sleep is very important. I have suffered badly thinking and sometimes if i overdo thinking i still face it. You have completed the atoz challenge. Survivor of the challenge. Congratulations. Z is Zilch https://syncwithdeep.wordpress.com/2018/04/28/z-zilch-blogchattera2z-atozchallenge-atoz/

    knightofsteel · May 1, 2018 at 2:36 AM

    You are a fellow survivor Deepa. I’m sorry for the late reply but you have really burst on to the blogging scene this month. Your social communication skills are something I can learn from. ☺️

      syncwithdeep · May 1, 2018 at 2:39 AM

      Thank u Arjun. I really benefitted by gaining a lot of wonderful bloggers as my friends in this challenge. U had been supporting from the start till the end. Thanks for the words.

Sunita · April 29, 2018 at 7:15 PM

Sleep really is enigma.some people sleep for two or three hours and work for the rest of the day and still remain fresh.
Congratulations on your completing A_Z challenge.

sukrisblog · April 29, 2018 at 11:55 PM

A great ending. After facing all the challenges during the day when sleep eludes you it is the scariest. Good to know you found your sleep without sedatives now.

    knightofsteel · May 1, 2018 at 2:34 AM

    Thank you Sudha. I’m really sorry about not visiting your blog often. I’ll try and make up in the coming days

      sukrisblog · May 1, 2018 at 5:58 AM

      Hi I’m also busy this weekend with personal agenda will drop by in next week. Have a lot of pending posts to catchup

Akshata Ram · April 30, 2018 at 12:12 AM

Sleep definitely plays a important role – I have found myself to be listless on days I haven’t slept well or overslept. Congrats on successfully completing this challenge with such a unique topic.

    knightofsteel · May 1, 2018 at 2:32 AM

    Congrats to you too Akshata! The experiences of Myra were very insightful and were a packet of all emotions possible. I’ll visit your blog for the catch up soon ☺️

      Akshata Ram · May 1, 2018 at 4:01 AM

      So glad to hear that Arjun thx a ton

Namratha Varadharajan · April 30, 2018 at 1:03 AM

And here I am reading you for the first time on your Z post. Kudos to you for beating depression. At one point, a couple of years back, I thought I was depressed. I actually was. But after I have read accounts of various people I guess I was suffering from a milder version than most, but it did feel pretty bad at that time. Many different things helped me cone out of it though most of it came unconsciously into my life. Its late into the night, so must get done sleep. Goodnight and congrats for finishing atoz.

You can find me at http://namysaysso.com

    knightofsteel · May 1, 2018 at 2:39 AM

    Welcome to the blog Namratha! I hope you liked what you read. I would be glad to share your story on my site if you feel like it. People can always use stories of recovery. It might help someone who really needs it.

Patricia Lynne (@plynne_writes) · April 30, 2018 at 1:20 AM

How I sleep always affects the way my day will go. I have mild sleep apnea, so my sleep isn’t the best it can be. It sucks because my health insurance won’t cover anything since it’s so mild.

Congrats on finish the challenge.

~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
My A to Z’s of Dining with IC
Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

    knightofsteel · May 1, 2018 at 2:37 AM

    I’m really sorry to hear about that. Apnoea is hard to live with and to see that insurance won’t cover it is even worse.

    Congrats on finishing to you too. ☺️

An@m! · April 30, 2018 at 4:12 AM

This is what i am going to do after this challenge 😀 sleep and get mentally fit. LOL Congratulations for completing this challenge and your life’s own challenge, winning over yourself and sharing your experiences with us.

    knightofsteel · May 1, 2018 at 2:31 AM

    Congrats to you too! Kal really misses his fitness lady. I saw him doing the jumping squats a few days back. Hope to continue reading more from you on fitness, both physical and mental. All the best 😊

      An@m! · May 1, 2018 at 11:55 AM

      Hehe.. will be missing Kal too. This is the first time I wrote about physical fitness. Yes that’s true. So I also hope so. 😛

Neha · April 30, 2018 at 9:59 AM

I challenged myself to handle my sleep issues without resorting to medication, just to see if I could. I found that restricting light in my room and having chamomile tea before bedtime, as well as doing a round of deep breathing exercises before going to bed, helped.
Congratulations on completing the challenge and good luck for everything that lies ahead. http://www.tobetterlives.com

    knightofsteel · May 1, 2018 at 2:29 AM

    Thank you Neha! I tried reducing the light and breathing exercises but they didn’t have a lot of effect. I’ll try chamomile tea the next time it happens. Good luck to you too and hope to see you back again on my blog soon 🙂

N.D.Gupta · April 30, 2018 at 12:18 PM

Congratulations on completing a-z challenge and enlightening many persons like me.

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