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The Connection Between Mental Health and Sleep

Dr. Susan Turner

Through her New York psychiatric practice, Dr. Susan Turner emphasizes a holistic treatment approach that combines drug therapies with lifestyle changes related to sleep and other key areas. Before establishing herself as a psychiatrist, Dr. Susan Turner completed her psychiatry internship and residency through Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and The New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Sleep plays an important role in the maintenance of mental health. Lack of sleep is especially detrimental to mood in that it encourages feelings of anger and frustration. People who do not sleep enough incur a higher risk of depression than those who get the sleep they need.

When a person becomes chronically sleep-deprived, the condition is called “insomnia.” Over 50 percent of people with insomnia struggle with problems linked to anxiety and/or depression. Those with conditions like obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder may be at greater risk of experiencing this condition as well, encouraging a vicious cycle.

Luckily, patients challenged by insomnia have several therapies available to them. For instance, lifestyle changes like cutting back on caffeine and committing to a regular sleep schedule can help. Patients may also benefit from prescription sleep drugs.

 

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