Coping with Stress, Depression, and Anxiety by Sleeping


In the midst of hectic daily activities, many people underestimate the importance of getting enough sleep. If you're not yet sleepy or very tired, you may be procrastinating on going to bed. In fact, lack of sleep interfere with your mental health, including stress, anxiety, or depression. 

To understand how getting enough sleep can be the key to successfully managing stress or mental disorders, consider the following review. 

Why should humans get enough sleep?

Humans need sleep because that's when your body repairs any kind of damage, both physically and mentally. Think of it as if your body is a car that needs to rest and go to repair shop to be repaired. Without adequate repair, of course you cannot function normally. 

Sleep helps the brain manage stress and mental disorders

During sleep, humans will enter five important stages. The first stage is the work of the brain slows down so that the body becomes relaxed. In the second stage, you usually can't hear or respond to sounds around you because your mind has "moved" into the subconscious.

Well, in the third and fourth stages your body will carry out various types of physical repairs. White blood cells will work hard to repair damaged cells in all parts of your body. If you don't make it to the third and fourth stages, you'll be more susceptible to disease. 

Then after about 90 minutes, you will enter the fifth stage, namely REM (rapid eye movement). This stage of REM or deep sleep is usually accompanied by dreams, but may or may not be. It is at this stage that all your mental problems are "fixed" by the brain. 

Every day, the brain is flooded with various information and emotions, especially when it is hit by pressure from work or family, for example. You may not realize that you are under a lot of stress or have an anxiety disorder, for example, because of a fight with your partner. 

When you fall asleep and enter REM, this pent-up anger will be channeled through dreams. If you don't dream anything, it means that the brain transfers the anger that was held back to the subconscious. So, you no longer need to hold back negative emotions towards your partner. 

That way, you can focus on solutions or problem solving with your partner, not on their negative emotions. 

However, too much sleep is a symptom of depression. Try to get enough sleep according to your needs.

What happens if you don't get enough sleep often? 

The stages of sleep described above are cyclical. That is, after REM, you enter again into the first stage. And so on until you wake up. So, overnight yo can enter REM many times. If you do not have time to enter REM or only once, the brain does not have time to process the emotions or mental disorders that you are facing.

As a result, the brain becomes overwhelmed with all the burden of your thoughts and emotions. This can trigger various problems, for example the following:

  • It's hard to concentrate
  • Hard to remember
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • It's not easy to learn new things

With a variety of problems caused by lack of sleep, your brain will be increasingly struggling to get rid of anxiety, stress, depression, or other psychiatric disorders. If you have insomnia, contact your doctor immediately. Insomnia can be a symptom of mental disorders such as bipolar, depression, and psychosis.