Sleep Studies & Mental Health: What the test can (and can’t) tell you

We all know the irritability that tags along when sleep eludes us, but its impact goes deeper, affecting our cognitive functions and emotional stability.

Sleep deprivation doesn't just lead to fatigue; it undermines our emotional processing and memory consolidation, gradually eroding our mental health. This blog plunges into the correlation between inadequate sleep and poor psychiatric health, shedding light on what a sleep study can reveal about your mental state.

Connection Between Sleep & Mental Health

The better sleep you get, the better your mental health will be. Consistent lack of sleep can lead to a range of problems, including…

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Attention-deficity/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Poor memory
  • Substance misuse
  • Reduce impulse control
  • And more!

At the same time, certain psychiatric conditions could be the root cause of your sleep problems. The relationship is circular. 

Certain psychiatric disorders have been known to hinder sleep. This includes…

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • ADHD
  • And even autism

Insomnia is a common symptom for people with these conditions.

What a Sleep Study Can Tell You

If you aren’t getting quality sleep and aren’t sure why, your doctor might prescribe a polysomnography test – a.k.a. sleep study. 

These studies, conducted at sleep centers by sleep experts, analyze various sleep parameters like brain activity, breathing patterns, and movements. While immensely valuable, it's crucial to note that sleep studies alone cannot diagnose a mental disorder definitively.

These studies serve to identify sleep disorders like insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, or restless leg syndrome. These disorders, although not direct confirmations of psychiatric conditions, often signal their presence or serve as indicative symptoms.

HME Locations | Find a Sleep Center Near You!

If your doctor prescribes a sleep study, our online sleep center search tool simplifies your search for a nearby sleep center. Taking this step could be crucial in uncovering potential reasons for your sleep woes and indirectly identifying underlying mental health concerns.

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