How does sleep deprivation affect our memory?
The long term effects of sleep deprivation on our memory can be quite significant.
If we don’t get enough sleep basically our brains don’t work as well, so we don’t think as clearly, we don’t remember things and we don’t make decisions nearly as well as we could do.
How can a bad night’s sleep impact our problem solving skills?
If we don’t get enough sleep at night, we don’t think clearly and so we don’t solve problems nearly as well, we’re not as resilient and so we give up a lot more easily.
Whereas, getting a good night’s sleep helps us to think through things more thoroughly, we persevere for longer.
We’re far more likely to solve problems.
How can sleep help us turn unhealthy thoughts into healthy ones?
Healthy thinking is a big part of our mental health and we need to get good sleep to be able to think more clearly through problems so we can think more positively.
So if we get better sleep, we’ve got more energy, more motivation to do most things well, to look after ourselves well, including thinking in a more helpful and constructive way.
How can young people easily improve their sleep health?
The first thing you need to do is make sleep a priority.
Too many people don’t prioritise it so they put other things first, so they spend extra time flicking through their phone, scrolling through social media, watching Netflix.
Now these things aren’t bad, but if we go through into the night too late, we won’t get enough sleep and we’ll suffer the next day.
We need to make it a priority, need to build good sleep habits, get a healthy routine before going to sleep. We need to manage worry and stress.
And ideally, other things that can help are reducing caffeine intake, exercising regularly, and practising relaxation or meditation skills.
How is our mental health impacted by a bad night’s sleep?
The most obvious thing that happens when we get a bad night’s sleep is that we feel tired, and everything seems harder to cope with.
So, if you’re already susceptible to mental ill-health, you’ll suffer a bit more when you don’t get enough sleep.
You’ll be more irritable, more frustrated, and things become overwhelming.
How do you ensure you get a good night’s sleep?
One of the things I’ve been doing for a long time, and I hinted at this in one of the other segments, is to make sleep a priority.
I know that for me, it’s really important for my mental health. I’s just as important as thinking good thoughts, as exercising, as connecting with other people.
So I make sure as often as possible, that I get to sleep at a reasonable time and that I get up at a reasonable time as well.
If I don’t make it a priority, it’s easier to get tired and when I get tired, I’m more likely to get depressed and stressed.
The very generous Dr Timothy Sharp (Dr Happy) has also come on board to support and has agreed to give anyone who donates $20 or more to batyr during this week a free* e-copy of his bestselling book, ‘The Good Sleep Guide’. Click here to donate and receive your free copy!
*Offer only available for Sleep Week 5th – 10th August. You will receive your free e-copy of The Good Sleep Guide at the end of Sleep Awareness Week.