Insomnia Can Make You Feel More Emotionalby Martin Reed Patient Advocate
People generally say they feel better after they have slept well. Even after a bad day, they can have a good’s night rest and wake up the next day with a new outlook. However, most people don’t really think about why this occurs. They don’t comprehend that sleep actually does help their emotions. They just tend to think that their physical body has rested, and that is why they feel better.
You’ve by now heard the phrase that someone “woke up on the wrong side of bed.” This is sometimes said about people who are irritable and grouchy. The truth of that statement is not far off – their attitude probably is sleep-related. Someone who is in a foul mood or who is overly sensitive in their emotions all the time may actually be sleep deprived.** "They don't comprehend that sleep actually does help their emotions." **
Sleep is good and necessary medicine for mental health. Sleep is what keeps emotions on an even keel, keeps your mind thinking clearly, keeps impulsiveness and bad decisions down, and stabilizes the mood. It also improves memory, insight, and improves learning.
_When you sleep, your brain goes to work processing everything about your day and puts it in its rightful place. Without sleep, all of it just sits there and it can be overwhelming.Why this matters to you: motions are with us every second of the day. Even when we are in situations that require us not to display our emotions or to keep them on the down-low, we feel them. They play a role in how we respond and interact to people and situations, how we process information, and how we view what is going on around us externally and internally. Lack of sleep can make emotions go haywire and cause us to overreact or act poorly. It can cause us to view experiences and situations improperly, and this, in turn, means that we may possibly be viewing life in an unhealthy way.
Obtaining an adequate amount of sleep each night is crucial to maintaining a positive personal/self-outlook. It is also crucial to keeping personal relationships healthy and growing. No one wants to interact with someone who is in a foul mood, depressed, agitated, or negative and upset all of the time.
What you can do about it:If you have insomnia or are dealing with sleeping problems, no doubt you probably are already dealing with frazzled, frustrated feelings. You may also be downright depressed in life. You probably already know the toll the lack of sleep is playing on your physical body. Now you know how sleep deprivation is impacting your emotional health. Quite simply, your brain is not receiving the sleep it needs to deal with your emotions properly. Your body is using the little resources of energy it has to keep you awake and functioning, so in return, filtering emotions are left on the back burner.
"Obtaining an adequate amount of sleep each night is crucial to maintaining a positive personal/self-outlook."
The good news is you don’t have to live with insomnia. There are treatment options available, and you can have your mind and body back. If you can’t fight the insomnia on your own, seek out the help of a physician or sleep specialist for treatment.
The first step will be to uncover what is causing your insomnia – be it environmental, physical or psychological. It could just be poor sleep hygiene or your diet that is causing your issue. Whatever the cause, the first step to getting your life under control again is seeking help.
The first step will be to uncover what is causing your insomnia – be it environmental, physical, or psychological. It could just be poor sleep hygiene or your diet that is causing your issue. Whatever the cause, the first step to getting your life under control again is seeking help.
Martin is the creator of Insomnia Land’s free sleep training for insomnia. His course will help you identify the issues that are harming your sleep and teach you how to fix them. Over 3,000 insomniacs have completed his course and 96 percent of graduates say they would recommend it to a friend.
Yoo, Seung-Schik et al. "The human emotional brain without sleep — a prefrontal amygdala disconnect." Current Biology , Volume 17 , Issue 20 , R877 - R878. Accessed August 28, 2015.