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Sleep increases happiness

Thursday, December 12, 2019

I've been getting up earlier than I used to so I can get in a good workout at the gym. Monday and Tuesday I had a bout of depression that I couldn't seem to shake. I forced myself out of bed and to the gym hoping that the energy boost would help combat the depression.

It didn't.

I mentioned that I was currently suffering a depressive episode to my mentor on Tuesday afternoon. She asked if I was eating whole foods or processed foods. I'm eating whole foods.

She asked if I was getting enough water. I am.

She asked if I was working out. I am.

She asked if I was sleeping well. I am.

Wait! Sunday and Monday nights I quickly fell asleep when I went to bed and slept restfully until my alarm went off, but both nights I was up until after midnight and then awake at 5AM. I got less than 5 hours of sleep both nights.

My mentor asked me to go to bed earlier to see if that improved my mental state. Tuesday I went to bed at 10:00 and last night at 10:30. Yesterday I felt 100% better and that continued today! 6.5-7 hours of sleep has really improved my current outlook.

There are many things that can cause depression to rise up in those of us affected by that disorder. Lack of sleep is one of the triggers for me. I'm so glad that I found that correlation and have one more tool in my drawer to improve my mental and physical health!
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  • RHOOK20047
    Yes sleep can make a huge difference in our life. I used to lack so much sleep and was cranky and short tempered. Then my doctor suggested getting off electronics for one hour before bed. He told me to read for an hour. This was the magic bullet for me!
    43 days ago
    Sleep does make a difference!
    44 days ago
    I certainly function and feel better when I have a good quality and quantity of sleep.
    44 days ago
    Sleep they have determined is also critical as you age. Sleep deprivation when younger can bring on dementia and Alzheimers early. As you age make sure you get at least 7 hours of sleep. They have clinically proven this. So I am glad you have found it helps depression also. My daughter is prone to depression and seasonal effective disorder and knows the value of sleep and exercise and diet. Anti-depressants are not the only answer.
    44 days ago
  • no profile photo GRAMPIAN
    Sleep is good in so many ways. emoticon
    44 days ago
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