The Relationship between Sleep, Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Good sleep quality and duration are essential to normal health. When you don’t get the 7-9 hours of quality sleep you need each night, it can affect your outlook on life, energy level, motivation and emotions.
If you’re feeling low, you may not realize that lack of sleep is the culprit. Even one night of disturbed sleep can leave you feeling cranky, more irritable, flat, worried or sad the next day. All these alterations to your mood can affect not only your own mental health but your relationships as well.
On the other hand, if you’re experiencing stress in your life, you may be struggling to fall or stay asleep at night. You may have anxious thoughts which keep your brain from settling down and that disruption of sleep is likely to keep you feeling more on edge the next day.
So which comes first, the anxiety or the disruption of sleep?
Researchers discovered that the relationship between sleep problems and anxiety goes both ways. This means that sleep problems can lead to anxiety and depression, and anxiety can disrupt your sleep. And just like anxiety, sleep problems can impact how you function emotionally, mentally and physically.
If you are experiencing mild to moderate insomnia and anxiety, a recent double-blind placebo controlled study performed on Rilax showed the following results among the group taking Rilax within the first week:
- Improvement in overall sleep quality
- Reduction in stress, anxiety and depression
- Reduction in time to fall asleep and less disturbed sleep
- Improvement in daytime functioning
The Stress, Anxiety and and Depression Test is an online questionnaire designed to measure the three related negative emotional states of stress, anxiety and depression, and is a helpful tool in assisting health practitioners with clinical assessments.
The test was developed by medical professionals and is designed to meet the scientific requirements of both researchers and professional clinicians. The test is suitable for both adolescents and adults.