“Night owls” easily induce mental illness

  Many people already know that lack of sleep has a very large impact on mental health, such as decreased learning ability, decreased concentration and memory impairment, and so on. And as research deepens, psychologists have found that sleep deprivation is far more harmful than these: sleep deprivation can also lead to or worsen mental illness.
  Psychologists have long noticed that serious sleep problems are often paired with mental illness. For example, among adults with major depressive disorder, an average of 75 percent reported sleep problems such as staying up at night and difficulty falling asleep; among adolescents, the rate was as high as 90 percent. Do sleep problems lead to mental illness, or does mental illness lead to sleep problems, or are the two simply connected?
  Due to economic and technological constraints, psychologists once believed that lack of sleep was only a symptom of mental illness, not the cause. As the understanding of sleep and mental illness deepened, psychologists began to discover that sleep problems and mental illness were mutually causal. To further explore the causal relationship between sleep problems and mental illness, starting in 2010, psychologists around the world collaborated on a grand study.
  The study involved 34 teams from all over the world, involving as many as 170,000 healthy volunteers. The researchers followed each volunteer for an average of 60 months of sleep status. The results showed that the sleep-deprived volunteers had double the incidence of major depression. In addition, the US team in this study made additional findings. They found that U.S. soldiers on the battlefield who had sleep problems were more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder later in life.
  In 2018, psychologists at the University of California conducted another experiment on the impact of sleep problems on interpersonal communication. The researchers recruited 18 mentally healthy adults and then deprived them of sleep throughout the night. By the next morning, the researchers immediately asked the volunteers to take a psychological test of their social skills, while observing their behavioral responses. The results showed that just one sleepless night caused the volunteers to avoid others, a symptom of social phobia.
  In 2021, psychologists have made new discoveries about the link between sleep problems and mental health. Australian psychologist Jessica Hartman, after examining a study of 81 young people aged 12 to 25 who were at very high risk for mental illness, found that young people who slept irregularly were more likely to suffer later. mental illness, and these young people have more symptoms of recessive mental illness.
  Specifically, these young adults who slept irregularly were less likely to be emotional, less socially motivated, and more withdrawn from social interactions. Since not showing emotion can easily be misinterpreted as calm, and lack of social motivation and withdrawal from social interaction can be misinterpreted as fatigue and caution, respectively, these manifestations are also easily misinterpreted as side effects of drugs, so this type of recessive mental illness Symptoms are also the most difficult to diagnose. If mental illness is not diagnosed in time, it is likely to miss the best time for treatment.
  All of these psychological studies have shown that a good night’s sleep is essential for a healthy mental state, both as a teenager and as an adult. Most importantly, sleep regularly. If you sleep irregularly, even if you get enough sleep, your mental health can still suffer.