Talking Sleep And Mental Wellbeing for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
This week is UK Mental Health Awareness Week, and we’re right in the middle of Mental Health Month in the US – so we figured now is the perfect time for us to explore the link between sleep and our mental wellbeing.
This is an issue close to our hearts here at Third, so we’re also grabbing this opportunity to shine a light on our fantastic charity partner, 42nd Street – an amazing organisation helping young people overcome mental health problems here in Manchester, UK.
How does sleep affect our mental health?
Like food, oxygen and water, sleep is one of the few things we literally need to survive – and obviously, if you’re not getting enough of these things, your body won’t be able to perform at its full capacity. You might start to notice side-effects such as poor concentration, headaches or a feeling of confusion and ‘fogginess’. Not good.
Sleep deprivation has a direct impact on our mental health. The NHS says that sleep debt can lead to long-term issues like depression and anxiety – and in a survey of people suffering from these conditions, it was discovered that most of them slept for six hours a night.
So just for clarity: lack of sleep can lead to mental health issues – and here’s the kicker – mental health issues can also make it tougher to get the sleep you need. Yikes.
At Third, we want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to get a great night’s sleep – and we’re doing it the way we know how: by crafting the most comfortable sheets around. We know there are plenty of other factors that play into poor sleep, but we figured having the softest and smoothest bedding around certainly won’t harm anyone’s quest for forty winks.
We’re super aware of the link between sleep and mental health, which is why we’ve also teamed up with a great local charity – 42nd Street, an organisation which supports young people trying to overcome mental health issues of their own.
We donate a percentage of our profits to 42nd Street, to help young people get a good night’s sleep when they need it most. Head over to their website to find out more about the fantastic work they do with young people in Manchester.
And remember – if you’re struggling to get a good night’s sleep and you feel it’s affecting your mental health, speak to a professional about it as soon as you can.