Sleep and mental health

Life at the university is a whirlwind of excitement, learning, and growth. But did you know that good sleep can benefit your mental and emotional wellbeing?
This is all thanks to the Sleep-Mental Health Cycle: the continuous feedback loop between your sleep patterns and your psychological state:

But why does this happen? Brain imaging studies have shown that a good night's sleep, especially during the REM phase, is essential in building mental and emotional resilience. During REM your brain processes emotional information, influencing your mood and emotional reactivity. Missing out on REM hinders your ability to process positive emotions, affecting your mental health state.
If you find yourself caught in this cycle, fret not! We have compiled effective strategies to help you take control of your sleep patterns and pave the way to improved mental and emotional wellbeing.