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.
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!