Is Your Mood Affecting Your Sleep?

It’s a pretty well known fact that a poor sleep means waking up in a cranky and hot tempered fit, lack of sleep definitely causes low mood. 

However, does this work the other way around? Can our mood really affect the way that we sleep?

Check out these differing moods below to discover which one is not ideal for sending you off into slumber.

Happy/Excited

Believe it or not, the happiest emotions are actually to blame for a poor nights’ sleep. Feeling content and happy is fine, but over excitement or giddiness can be a real issue for drifting off to sleep.

When you are extremely happy, your body creates a hormone called orexin which basically suppresses sleep causing hormones!

Top tip: being happy is great but allow yourself time to calm and soothe yourself before bed, a hot bath or a cup of herbal tea can be great for relieving adrenaline and excitement.

Depressed

Vast studies have shown that people who are suffering with depression have a rather tough time drifting off to sleep each night.

Depression isn’t just about feeling sad, it’s caused by a chemical, hormonal in balance in the brain, and since hormones contribute to a healthy sleep, when these are out of sorts, issues can definitely arise.

People with depression also tend to have low levels of serotonin, a hormone which promotes feeling of contentedness and happiness. Serotonin is also a sleep boosting hormone, therefore a lack of it can cause issues with rest.

Although depression is treated differently for many people, there are simple ways to boost melatonin levels. Having a simple supper of porridge oats and a banana, or a handful of tart cherries can be a great way to increase production of the hormone.

Stressed

If you’ve ever spent the night tossing and turning due to stressful or anxious thoughts, then chances are that your body is creating a neuro-transmitter called norepinephrine, a chemical which usually causes our flight or fight response to danger.

Norepinephrine raises blood pressure and increases heart rate, making it pretty hard to sleep!

Top tip: try writing down your worries and stresses and how you are going to tackle them in the morning before you head to bed, this can be a great way to alleviate anxious thoughts.

Angry

Never go to bed on an argument.

It might sound like a common phrase tossed about, but studies have shown that there could be some truth to the statement.

Due to our brains consolidating memories whilst we sleep, our angriest memories tend to be stored neatly away, saved and cemented in our minds, meaning that we can wake even angrier than we did when we feel to sleep!

Come to terms with the issue causing your anger before heading to bed to wake feeling rested come the morning.

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