Sleep pertains to an actual phase in which both the body and mind are allowed to rest. During sleep, a person is generally inactive and thus, not aware of his or her immediate surroundings. Individuals experiencing sleep problems due to physical and/or mental health conditions such as stress are highly likely unable to get enough rest each night. They often catch a few hours of sleep during the early hours of the morning; however, they often need to get up and go to work or school by 6:00 AM. Having sleep problems due to stress and poor mental health can be difficult enough to cope with and thus, it may be easy to imagine its impact on both physical and mental health. Taking several cups of coffee each day for that caffeine boost can only be initially effective and after some time, the same sleep problems due to stress may occur, often impacting one’s mental health.
Mental Health and Sleep – The New Report
According to a recent medical report published in the journal Nutrition Research, sleep problems due to stress or mental health problems may also result in a change in diet. A reduction in the number of hours of sleep, or simply known as poor sleep quality, has long been considered as the main cause of difficulty in concentrating at work or at school and while operating motor vehicles and machines. Sleep problems associated with stress and mental health issues have often been linked with poor calculations with machines, resulting in physical injuries and possibly, death. However, a recent medical report showed that aside from dysfunctional motor activities, sleep problems also influence food choices, thus affecting the amount of available energy that can be used by an individual on a daily basis.
The report explains that sleep problems due to stress or mental health issues is often associated with poor food choices, thus resulting in weight issues, including obesity. On the other hand, getting enough sleep has been associated with a more positive type of diet and the absence of stress and mental health issues. The association between sleep problems and poor food choices has been observed in various age levels, thus suggesting that stress and mental health issues may occur at any point in one’s life. People with sleep problems tend to eat food items that can give them that instant boost in energy, and unfortunately, these are also rich in either sugars or fats. Furthermore, individuals with sleep problems due to stress and mental health conditions tend to eat lower amounts of fruits and vegetables, which are good sources of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Getting Enough Sleep for Energy
The recent medical report thus emphasizes that the simple act of getting enough sleep may help in boosting one’s energy. Sleeping for approximately eight hours each day may influence an individual’s meal pattern, thus preventing a person from skipping meals. Getting enough sleep also prevents a person from experiencing food cravings, thus instilling the regular time for meals and the normal amount of food consumed at each meal. Individuals with sleep problems due to stress are often low in energy and thus, would binge on any particular food of their choice to feel energized.
Getting enough sleep also prevents a person from adopting a nocturnal habit, in which he or she is often awake all night. It is important to understand that being up all night is strongly associated with consuming snacks and other types of junk food. Upon waking up the next morning, these individuals are generally full from the junk food they consumed that past evening and thus would often skip eating breakfast. Regular consumption of snacks during the rest of the day to fill in the need for energy may thus actually result in poor energy stores.
The medical report thus presents a simple way of boosting energy and to some individuals who are not avid fans of sleep— this easy solution may sound quirky. Some people feel that sleeping is actually a waste of time and if they could get away for the least number of hours of sleep each day, they would actually run away with it. Sleep can be a valuable activity that can improve one’s general health, including increasing the total amount of energy and improving one’s daily activities.