In addition to being important for physical health, sleep is also vital for mental health. But how exactly does poor sleep affect our emotional well-being? And why are people who have insomnia more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety?
As a nation, we're sleep-deprived. Doctors estimate that most adults need at least seven hours of sleep each night, but the average American gets less than six hours per night. This is a problem because our brains need uninterrupted slumber to repair themselves and consolidate memories -- and poor sleep can lead to more serious issues like depression and anxiety disorders