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  • Writer's pictureErin West

Are You Feeling Depressed? Sleep Hygiene May Be the Answer.

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Are you feeling depressed? Sleep hygiene may be the answer.

Before reading.

Step 1. Listen to some words and expressions from the article. How many do you know? Scroll down to Step 2 for the answers.




Step 2. Here are some words and expressions from the article. Listen to the recording in Step 1 again and repeat them.


  • consistently

  • underscore

  • insufficient sleep

  • anxiety

  • plays a pivotal role in regulating mood

  • emotional resilience

  • it is the cornerstone for all aspects of our lives

  • premature death rates

  • enhance



Step 3. Match the words and expressions with their definitions.

  1. consistently

A. the ability to adapt well when faced with problems or challenges

2. underscore

B. (adverb) in a way that does not change over a period of time

3. insufficient sleep

C. (noun) a feeling of worry or unease

4. anxiety

D. (verb) to improve the quality or strength of smth

5. play a pivotal role (in smth)

E. (verb) to emphasize

6. emotional resilience

F. to be very important for smth

7. the cornerstone

G. the number of deaths that occur among people before they reach the average life expectancy

8. premature death rates

H. not enough sleep

9. enhance

I. (noun) the most important part of smth


While reading.

Step 4. Read the article and answer the question: Does lack of sleep make a person more depressed?


 

Are You Feeling Depressed? Sleep Hygiene May Be the Answer.


Getting enough sleep is important for mental health, but sometimes we forget how closely these two are connected.


Research consistently underscores the profound impact that sleep—or lack thereof—can have on our mental well-being.


According to the 2023 Sleep in America®️ Poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, more than 50% of Americans who sleep less than 7 hours per night "experience mild or greater levels of depressive symptoms." Insufficient sleep causes stress, anxiety, and irritability. The new research published in the journal Cortex states that sleep plays a pivotal role in regulating mood and emotional resilience.


Prioritizing good sleep is crucial because it is the cornerstone for all aspects of our lives. From our physical health to mental well-being, adequate sleep provides the foundation for optimal functioning. What's more, it makes us live longer. The study, published in the journal Sleep, revealed that good sleep hygiene was associated with a significant decrease in premature death rates.


Sleep enhances our ability to concentrate, make reasonable decisions, and manage daily challenges. Making sleep a priority is fundamental to achieving a healthier and more balanced life.


 

After reading.

Step 5. Answer the questions. Use the vocabulary from Step 2. Leave your answers in the comments section below, and we'll provide feedback.


How many hours of sleep do you need for optimal functioning? What impact does sleep have on your productivity and mental health?


SEE YOU IN 2024 !!



 

Answers

Step 3.

1B

2E

3H

4C

5F

6A

7I

8G

9D

 

References:

1."How is Your Sleep Health Linked to Your Mental Health?",

National Sleep Foundation,

March 8, 2023.

2. Emma C. Sullivan, Emma James, Lisa-Marie Henderson, Cade McCall, Scott A. Cairney,

The influence of emotion regulation strategies and sleep quality on depression and anxiety,

Cortex,

Volume 166,

2023,

Pages 286-305,

ISSN 0010-9452,

3. Daniel P Windred, Angus C Burns, Jacqueline M Lane, Richa Saxena, Martin K Rutter, Sean W Cain, Andrew J K Phillips,

Sleep regularity is a stronger predictor of mortality risk than sleep duration: A prospective cohort study,

21 September 2023,

Sleep, zsad253,

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