Sleep is an essential activity that impacts health and wellness across the lifespan, especially for individuals living with serious mental illness. There is a significant body of data showing links between poor sleep and the negative impacts on mental health, as well as the relationship between poor sleep and medical concerns such as diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. The ability to restore and maintain a sleep/wake cycle is important for health, healing, and thriving in the Eight Dimensions of Wellness. For all people, including those living with serious mental health conditions, an understanding of available tools for adapting healthy sleep patterns can be an effective means for recovery and prevention of medical issues.
What is Wellness?
Wellness is being in good physical and mental health. Because mental health and physical health are linked, problems in one area can impact the other. At the same time, improving your physical health can also benefit your mental health, and vice versa. It is important to make healthy choices for both your physical and mental well-being.
Remember that wellness is not the absence of illness or stress.
You can still strive for wellness even if you are experiencing these challenges in your life.