Sleep is something that many adults take for granted. Getting the right amount of sleep every night can have direct benefits on your mood, cognition, and productivity. However, 70% of US adults have reported that they get insufficient sleep at least one night a month.
Chronic insomnia, a common sleep disorder, is estimated to affect approximately 33% of adults, according to the results of one study. In addition to causing frustrating feelings of exhaustion, insomnia can also have serious health consequences, as getting enough sleep is vital for optimal health.
Anxiety and insomnia are two incredibly common health conditions in the United States. While everyone feels anxious from time to time and struggles to fall asleep occasionally, anxiety disorders and insomnia are more intense, prolonged versions of these common experiences.
The COVID-19 pandemic has largely defined 2020 in a way that no one could have anticipated just one short year ago. For many people, especially those that are younger, the pandemic marks the first global health crisis that they have experienced during their lifetime.
If you find yourself feeling more down than usual during the winter months, you might be suffering from seasonal depression, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Seasonal affective disorder can seriously disrupt your life and prevent you from enjoying activities associated with wintertime, including the holidays.
Everyone experiences moments of anxiety, especially with the stress of COVID-19, but for most people, these moments are fleeting. You might feel anxious before a big test, when facing a difficult problem at work, or when trying to make a big decision, but this is normal.
Although sadness is a normal part of life, most people find that their sadness comes and goes quickly, and is usually tied to a challenging life experience, such as losing your job or going through a divorce. However, sometimes feelings of sadness become more intense and last for an extended period of time.
Depression is the most common mental health condition in the world, with 322 million individuals worldwide dealing with depression, and 15.7 million of those individuals being in the United States, making up for almost 7% of the U.S.’s adult population. With numbers this high, it’s likely that you or someone you know has suffered from depression.