Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 18-24 May 2020. For 2020, Rethink Mental Illness will be will be looking at the effect sleep has on severe mental illness.

It is estimated that almost a third of the population will experience problems sleeping at some point in their lives, yet there is no doubt that a lack of sleep can have a profound effect on your mental well-being. 

The long term impact of poor sleep can lead to feelings of depression, anxiety and can lead to increased feelings of isolated and physical fatigue. For people living with severe mental illness, such a schizophrenia and psychosis, a lack of sleep can increase the symptoms of manic and paranoia. 

A lack of sleep can lead to: 

  • Low mood
  • Anxiety
  • Elevation in blood pressure and stress hormones. 
  • Poor cognitive functioning

If you are live with a long term severe mental illness and have problems sleeping or staying asleep then we'd like to hear from you. Please visit our Share your story page




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