A goodnight’s sleep enables processing and consolidation of information from your day, and provides your body with time to rest and recuperate, so is vital for physical and mental well-being.
Worries/anxieties e.g. about health, money, family or work, may impact the quality and restfulness of sleep. Sleep can also be disrupted in a number of mental health problems including low mood/depression, psychosis, bipolar disorder, and in the context of dementia and head injury. Problems sleeping may be a sign of increased vulnerability to poor mental health.
On going to bed, lying in the quiet and darkness, trying to get to sleep, you may find your mind starts racing with thoughts and you are unable to switch off – every possible action and consequence is reviewed, along with the ‘what if …?s”. The perceived worry/problem is going round and round your head like a ball bouncing off a wall, and just won’t stop or go away.
When it’s time to get up, you feel unrefreshed and unrested because the problem is still there, and you may find yourself approaching the day in a negative mindset. This negative mindset may further impact your mood and energy levels. Grumpiness and lethargy are common, and possibly accompanied with muscle ache/weakness and stomach pains. The problem/worry is still consuming your thoughts, most likely escalating in severity, as you are constantly focusing on it – but perhaps you are building a mountain out of a molehill as the worry/problem weighs heavier on your mind