A study recently published in Frontiers in Psychology has found that when comparing sleep, physical activity and diet, sleep has the biggest impact on mental health.
The study was conducted through an online survey taken by 1,111 young adults ages 18-25.
According to the study, sleep quality is the strongest predictor of both depressive symptoms and well-being. This is closely followed by sleep quantity, which goes to show how important it is that people are paying attention to how well they are sleeping and not just how many hours.
The importance of sleep quality in mental health and well-being has long been overlooked, despite playing a vital role in overall health. While there are widely known guidelines that promote healthy sleep quantity, such as the fact that adults should get 7-9 hours of sleep, the importance of sleep quality is not as widely discussed.
However, examining sleep quantity is still important. Both too much sleep and too little sleep can be associated with higher depressive symptoms.
These findings support and expand upon previous research on the impact of sleep quality and quantity. It is clear that if you want a healthy mind and body, sleep is an important first step. If you or a loved one feel tired or groggy during the day, it may be time to see if a sleep disorder is to blame. Finding out if you are getting enough quality sleep is easy. Start with a free online quiz from SleepMaster Solutions™.