Autumn’s Effect On Sleep, Anxiety, Depression, & Health

The skyline of burnt orange, rich gold, and rustic red make the trees resemble a chalk drawing that’s so exquisite that you’re afraid to touch it for fear of smudging the image. The pumpkins adorn the thresholds, and the smell of sweet cinnamon is second only to the sights of people sipping apple cider, sitting around the bonfire, and cheering under the Friday night lights. It’s autumn, and your cozy sweaters are ready to report for duty.

The above description of autumn is nostalgic; it’s the description that makes people fall in love with this season. But in between the football games and holiday prep lurks a reality that isn’t as picture-perfect and desirable: Autumn ushers in less sunlight, and this reality has consequences. 

Autumn’s Not-So-Secret Consequences: Cooler Days Cost You

When the days start to shorten, you are affected. “But wait,” you insist. “My pumpkin spice latte gives me life, and I look forward to the pumpkin patch and my cardigans all year!” That all may be true, but you can’t stop the proven biological response your body has to less light. 

The following are a few of these responses that you may relate to:

  1. SLEEP
    • Less light means your pillow and bed call your name earlier than in summer.

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Poor Sleep Triggers More Than Bags; It Summons Pain

Pain is not a word that’s often thrown into the conversation on poor sleep, even though poor sleep can lead to muscle and joint pain. Instead, a conversation on poor sleep ushers in thoughts of bags under your eyes, a cartoon animal taping his eyelids open, and sluggishness that’s only fixed with a cup of coffee. But those pesky bags under your eyes are the least of your worries when poor sleep is a nighttime ritual.

Poor Sleep & Pain Go Hand-In-Hand

Research proves that poor sleep:

  • Lowers your pain tolerance
  • Increases the intensity of your pain
  • Increases your chances of experiencing chronic pain

What the above bullets mean is that poor sleep changes your resiliency to pain,

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Sleep is Your Ghostwriter. Get Enough to Write a Great Day.

Sleep is a five-letter word that you develop a push-and-pull relationship with as you age. As a child, you’re forced to go to bed, dragging your favorite tattered blanket across the floor as you and your footed pajamas reluctantly listen to who’s in charge. Your pre-teen and teen years come next, riddled with activities and responsibilities that make sleep look like your nemesis instead of your ally. From demanding extracurriculars to mountains of homework, sleep takes a backseat to the things in your life that bring judgment,

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Inositol: Your Ticket to Z-Town

It’s well-known and accepted that nutritional supplements don’t produce tangible results overnight. Supplements are something that, typically, you feel the benefits of after consistently consuming them. This widespread understanding of how supplements work is why Truehope’s Inositol stands out in the best way possible. 

Kids, Teens, & Adults Wrestle with Restless Nights

One look at Inositol’s reviews and your curiosity peaks as you read testimonials that say Inositol provides “immediate and powerful impact on my anxiety attacks,” Inositol is “helpful with his anxiety,

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Counting Z’s Isn’t Just for Sleeping Beauty

The CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reports that “1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep.” Why does it matter if you’d rather devote hours toward binge-watching Netflix and diving headfirst into the black hole of social media than sleep? An article entitled The Unstoppable Power of a Good Night’s Sleep reports that sleep deprivation leads you to:

  • Be “more stressed, creating a higher risk of developing hypertension.”
  • Be “more likely to experience weight gain.”
  • “Have a higher risk of developing cancer.”

Benefits of Sleep

The before-mentioned article also points out how great sleep,

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You’re Never Too Old to Hear “Go to Bed!”

She’s exhausted.

After a school day of dodging gossip and stressing about tests and her reflection in the bathroom mirror, she enters an afternoon and evening of merry-go-round extracurriculars and an eat-when-you-can dinner. With the little energy she has left, she crawls into bed and hoovers her phone within a few inches of her face, the light from her tiny screen illuminating her bedroom and pulling her into a hypnotic social media-induced trance. Within seconds, she falls into the social media dark hole,

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How long you should sleep to improve depression and stress

Korean researchers recently published a study in the Korean Journal of Family Medicine, showing a connection between sleep duration and stress levels.

Researchers collected data for nearly 9,000 Koreans, measuring sleep duration, depression symptoms, and stress severity. They then divided the individuals into 7 groups based on how much they regularly slept:

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Improving sleep may improve mental health

British researchers recently published a study in The Lancet Psychiatry, showing a connection between insomnia and mental health.

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Not getting enough sleep may affect your mental health

Korean researchers recently published a study in Preventive Nutrition and Food Science, showing a connection between sleep duration and mental health.

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Diet, sleep, and bullying may affect youth mental health

Australian researchers recently published a study in the Journal of Sleep Research, showing that sleep, diet, and bullying are connected with teen mental health.

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