Aside from healthy diets, exercising, finding a healthy balance, and working to channel your thoughts to provide the best metal health possible, which all play a great role, obtaining the right amount of sleep is just as critical. Historically, sleep was thought to be a passive state. However, sleep is now known to be a dynamic process, and many people don’t realize our brains are still active during sleep. Sleep certainly affects our physical and mental health, and is essential for the normal full functioning body as well as our immune system. The effect of sleep on the immune system affects one’s ability to fight disease and endure sickness. This may explain feelings of illness you may have after a considerable amount of lost sleep.
Sleeping fewer hours than recommended puts young adults like myself at a increased risk that any mental health problems they already have will become persistent. People without a history of mental problems were at increased risk of developing mental problems if they slept fewer than five hours per night. So it is important to ask yourself if that extra half hour of tv and web browsing each night is really all that important?