Explains sleep and mental health, gives practical suggestions and information about where to get support.
There's a close relationship between sleep and mental health. Living with a mental health problem can affect how well you sleep, and poor sleep can have a negative impact on your mental health.
"Poor sleep leads to worrying. Worrying leads to poor sleep. Worrying about sleep is like your mind trying to fight itself. That's a horrible place to be."
Everyone needs sleep, but many of us have problems with it. You might recognise some of the experiences listed below, or have other difficulties with sleep that aren't mentioned here.
"When I get depressed, I sleep so much – at its worst it was 18 hours a day, because it was the only way that I could stop thinking and stop my mind from saying awful things to me."
If you're having problems sleeping, you might:
"During the day, my brain is fuzzy, my memory is noticeably affected. I barely have energy to function."
The things that affect our sleep differ for everyone. They can include:
"It's not possible to relax if you don't have anywhere comfortable and safe at night. This leads to not sleeping and worrying most of the night."
"My sleep problems are [...] more a case of bedtime procrastination than insomnia as such and, as a consequence, being too tired the next morning. I still haven't found out what works for me as I can get to sleep once I do get to bed."
If you live with a mental health problem, this could affect your sleep in lots of ways. For example:
This information was published in May 2020. We will revise it in 2023.
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