• Valarie McDowell Gunn

Sometimes, Sleepytime Tea Isn’t Enough



Some folks don’t believe in beauty rest, I am not one of them. Honestly, sleep is a very essential part of having a more productive life. During nights when I am unable to sleep knowing that I have an early morning, I pull out the Sleepytime Tea to get that extra help I need to fall into the blissfulness I refer to as a good night’s sleep. I do realize that sleep does not always come easily for many people. Did you know that depression can cause an individual to forgo much needed sleep? Insomnia is a real health concern that is experienced by many people. According to Oh et al. (2019), the quality of sleep and alertness are usually more severe when individuals have anxiety or depression.

Below are several techniques that may help you get the sleep you deserve:

· Exercise

· Natural darkness and natural sunlight

· A comfortable and cool room

· Practice mindfulness

· Stop watching your clock

· Develop a routine

Unfortunately, there are many individuals who need more than the suggestions listed above, and at times, more than sleep medication to get a good night’s sleep. My suggestion for individuals who are not able to get amble sleep, due to anxiety, depression, or unknown reasons, should try counseling. Believe it or not, counseling has a way of helping individuals find the solution to many issues; this could include something as natural as sleep. Personally, I am not getting any younger and the hours I devote to getting sleep are just as important as my productivity in my waking hours. What are you waiting for…..get some zzzzzz’s!!

If you are living with depression or any other mental health illness and feel that you need help, we are here for you. Renewed Mental Health wants you to feel free to reach out to us at 678-582-8947, in order to schedule a consultation. FYI, being that we are practicing social distancing, due to COVID-19, telehealth services is available.

Until next time, live on purpose.

VaVa

Oh, C. M., Kim, H. Y., Na, H. K., Cho, K. H., & Chu, M. K. (2019). The Effect of Anxiety and Depression on Sleep Quality of Individuals With High Risk for Insomnia: A Population-Based Study. Frontiers in neurology, 10, 849. https://doi.org/10.3389/fneur.2019.00849

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