Hello, my lovely followers and readers of my blog! I hope you haven’t missed me that much! 😉
I hope you are all okay and if you aren’t feeling ok. Just remember that’s it ok not to be ok and I hope you can get the right support you need and if you want to talk please remember that I’m here and the correct charities are here to support you!
This is my 240 blog post! Like wow! I feel like it’s only yesterday since I’ve started this blog and the whole mental health journey with you lovely people!
Sleep is very important for our mental and physical well-being. I’ve always been told when I’m physically ill. That sometimes when you sleep when you are ill, you are getting better. I don’t know how true that is but I believe it.
As a mental health blogger and also someone who is experiencing mental health problems, I want to talk about sleep as it has been a big impact on my mental health.
A negative but also a positive impact!
Today, I woke up from a great sleep. I slept over 12 hours which is rare for my sleeping pattern, Which means my mental health is slowly improving as when my sleep pattern declines that is my main key trigger warning that my mental health is declining and I need help.
Sleep has a close relationship with mental health. Lack of sleep leads to not being able to cope with stress and daily challenges and stress can lead to worrying and that leads to a negative thinking style and behaviour which can then affect your mental health and can be a trigger to kick-start a mental health problem like Anxiety or Depression.
When my sleep deteriorates I notice that my communication skills rapidly decline and that’s dangerous as I isolate myself into my own little bubble. I find when I am declining in my sleep that also triggers my mania episodes.
In my whole mental health recovery journey… Sometimes different medication what I’ve tried messes with my sleeping pattern. But that’s ok. Once my medication settled with my body and mind, it gradually improved.
When I started my anti-depressant called Paroxetine in the morning, the first couple of weeks it made me oversleep and then once my mind and body was used to it, it gives me a boost of Serotonin which helps me to live my life and complete tasks such as going to the shop what I couldn’t do if I wasn’t on my medication,
But also when I started my anti-psychotic called Quetiapine at night, the first couple of weeks it made me not sleep at all, I was having insomnia which leads to triggering my manic episodes due to not sleeping which means I had too much of a hormone called Norepinephrine. But since taking them now for 4 and a half months my mind is regulating my moods and it helps me sleep at night as it has a sedating effect.
I’ve tried so many things on how to improve my sleeping pattern. Sometimes the same things I’ve tried to help my sleeping pattern won’t work at that time and that’s ok. I don’t give up, I just do my breathing exercises and tell myself a positive thought and just try another self-care method and it usually works.
Here are some helpful tips I have used to help improve my sleep pattern, which I hope will help you also!
- Keep a diary of your sleeping pattern then when you go for checkups on your mental or physical health show the health care profession and ask for advice. I always keep a little note on my mobile phone and when I go to my psychiatrist appointment and they ask how I’ve been sleeping. I simply show them.
- Make sure you are free from technology at a reasonable time and relax your body and mind two hours before you try to sleep.
- Make sure your bed is comfy as I found when I slept on my old mattress, it affected my sleeping as I kept moving as I wasn’t comfortable to sleep. Make sure your mattress it isn’t too hard or too soft.
- Cut down on caffeine such as coffee, tea or fizzy drinks. As it can affect the way you sleep and it can stop you from falling asleep and it makes you alert.
- If you can’t sleep, go into another room and do something relaxing until you start to feel tired then go back to your bedroom and try to sleep.
- Avoid alcohol and cigarettes.
- Listen to soothing music. As that helped my mind slowly unwind and I fell asleep within an hour.
If you are experiencing any difficulties with your sleeping. Please go to see your doctor and ask for advice to help you sleep.
Till next time!
With lots of love!
Shannon Diana xx
Mental illness isn’t going to get the last laugh. I am.
I fight for my health and for other people’s health every single day in a way most people won’t understand, we aren’t lazy. We are warriors!
If you don’t feel like talking to yet, I’ll always be here and I’ll help out any way I can. You aren’t alone.
I know how it feels to be pushed aside. But listen, you are amazing and I’m proud of you so much.
Just so you know, it’s okay not to be okay you know, even the happiest person in the universe has their bad days. You can get through this dark hole. I believe in you.
You are loved. You are worth the fight. You are more than your illnesses, you can fight this I believe in you. You are flawless. You are fabulous. You aren’t alone. You are amazing and I’m proud of you all.
You can beat these thoughts. I believe in you. I will always be there for you even if it’s on the internet or email or even in person one day. You are loved. You are needed in this world because you are YOU. You are badass for battling mental illness daily. I care about every single one of you. You are more than enough. You don’t need to please anyone else.
Here is some numbers to contact if you are experiencing a mental health crisis:
Samaritans- For everyone! 24 hours, 7 days a week:
Call this number – 116 123
Email address is Jo@samaritans.org
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – For Men! 5pm to midnight every day.
Call this number: 0800 58 58 58
Webpage chat room if you don’t want to phone the link is: Webpage Chat
Papyrus- For people under 35! Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm. Weekends 2pm to 10pm. Bank Holidays 2pm to 5pm.
Phone number: 0800 068 41 41
Text Number: 07786 209697
Childline- For children and young people under 19.
Call 0800 1111 (Number won’t show up on your phone bill)
The Silver Line- For older people
Call: 0800 4 70 80 90
In the US: Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or the National Hopeline Network at 1-800-784-2433
In Austraila- Call Lifeline Austraila at 13 11 14
Other places you could go or ring in a crisis in UK:
- Call your GP- Ask for an emergency appointment.
- Call 111 – Out of hours- They will help you find the support and help you need.
- Contact your mental health crisis team if you have one.
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