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We highlight May as National Mental Health Awareness & Better Sleep Month

When we talk about health, we cannot just focus on the physical health issues and disregard the need for whole health. You have to see the whole person, and make use of the tools and resources that benefit minds and bodies together.

Mental illness is a common medical condition that involves changes in emotion, thinking, or behavior (or a combination of these).[i] Mental illnesses are associated with distress and/or problems functioning in social, work, or family activities.

In a given year:

  • nearly one in five (19 percent) U.S. adults experience some form of mental illness
  • one in 24 (4.1 percent) has a serious mental illness
  • one in 12 (8.3 percent) has a diagnosable substance use disorder[ii]

Mental illness is treatable. The vast majority of individuals with mental illness continue to function in their daily lives.

Some suggested coping mechanisms to utilize when trying to deal with mental health concerns are to exercise, meditation, and the practice of being more present (mindfulness).[iii]

Further to this, incorporating better sleep habits will improve your body’s ability to rejuvenate and heal itself.

It’s been found by the 2008 Sleep in America® poll that 12% of people are late to work because of sleepiness and 29% of people said they had become very sleepy or fallen asleep while at   Another survey reported poor sleep hygiene can be linked to work errors related to sleep problems or sleepiness.[iv]

According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults between the ages of 26-64 should have an average of 7-9 hours.[v]

Why sleep: Better sleep improves overall health by

  • Enhancing mood
  • Helping to improve a healthy weight
  • Improving the ability to pay attention

Tips for better sleep

  • Create and stick to a sleep schedule (weekends included)
  • Daily exercise
  • Evaluate your bedroom, set temperature, sound, and light
  • Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows

[i] American Psychiatric Association. (2019). What is mental illness? Retrieved from

[ii] Mental Health America. (2019). Raising Mental Health Awareness. Retrieved from

[iii] Pombo, E.  (2019, February 1) Self-Help Techniques for Coping with Mental Illness. [Blog post]. Retrieved from NAMI. National Alliance on mental health.

[iv] Ferguson SA, Appleton SL, Reynolds AC, Gill TK, Taylor AW, McEvoy RD, Adams RJ.  Making errors at work due to sleepiness or sleep problems is not confined to non-standard work hours: results of the 2016 Sleep Health Foundation national survey.  Chronobiol Int 2019 Apr 24: 1-12.  doi 10.1080/07420528.2019.1578969

[v] National Sleep Foundation. How Much Sleep Do We Really Need? Accessed April 2019