The National Sleep Foundation guidelines advise that healthy adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night.
Not getting the recommended amount of sleep can cause all kinds of mental health-related problems that manifest in your life in different ways, such as:
- Reduced memory & concentration – finding it hard to focus at work or at home and forgetting important tasks
- Lower productivity – resulting in underachieving at work or ditching off your daily exercise
- Mood changes – such as irritability, feeling more emotional or experiencing burnout causing problems with close relationships in your life (E.g. friends, partners, siblings, co-workers)
- Problems with relationships in your life – with friends, your partner or your co-workers
If long-term, sleep deprivation can also lead to more severe mental health problems, such as anxiety or depression.