The Impact & Benefits of Sleep on Mental Health & Traumatic Experiences

Sleep makes you feel better, but its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more.

Did you know that brain needs time to process powerful experiences and that sleep is a key contributor to helping?

Trauma survivors who sleep immediately following a traumatic incident have a lower risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than trauma survivors who do not sleep. A study published in the journal Sleep found that sleep immediately following a traumatic experience helps to consolidate and process the experience, decreasing the likelihood that the individual will develop PTSD.

Memory consolidation takes new knowledge you've acquired and stabilizes that information, preserving it for future recall and helping to protect it from disruption or degradation over time. Memory consolidation that takes place during sleep not only secures memory for healthier future retrieval, but it also appears to free up the learning centers of the brain to take in new batches of information during the next waking day essentially reducing the impact of traumatic or stressful moments. 

If you’ve had a difficult day or experience. Consider getting a good night’s sleep! If you’re having difficulty falling asleep... there’s a lot of scientifically backed techniques you can use to get some shut eye - google it up!

Here are some links regarding the benefits of sleep:

11 Surprising Health Benefits of Sleep

Trauma and Sleep: Treatment

The 11 Biggest Health Benefits Of Sleep

10 Facts You Might Not Know About Sleep and Mental Health

Sleep helps process traumatic experiences