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Sleep and Mental Health

Sleep is extremely important to your mental health!

It's important to know that the relationship between sleep and mental health goes both ways – some mental health issues can lead to sleep problems and ongoing sleep problems can lead to mental health issues.

Not everyone needs the same amount of sleep and studies show that some people may need only 6 hours while others require as many as 10 hours. The average amount of sleep needed for adults is 8 hours.

Stress is the number one cause of short-term sleeping difficulty.

When the stress is resolved most sleep problems pass. But, if your sleep problems continue or recur longer than a few weeks experts recommend that you seek help from a physician or mental health provider.

Medication can disrupt the cycle of insomnia. But therapy has proven to be essential to long-term recovery from sleep issues.

Cognitive therapy – therapy that teaches you to recognize and change patterns of thought and behavior – is the most effective at helping people overcome sleep difficulties.

Be aware. These are some things that can disrupt your good night's sleep:

  • Drinking alcohol or caffeine late in the day or before bedtime
  • Exercise close to bedtime
  • An irregular morning and nighttime schedule
  • Working or engaging in other mentally intense activities right before bed
  • For more information about why sleep is important click here.