Sleep and Mental Health

By Jack Fox, M.A., Resident in Counseling

Photo by Jonathan Fink on Unsplash

In almost all the different mental health issues that people face, a common factor is troubles with sleep. While there are many factors that affect how a person is sleeping, there are a few easy ways to help improve the quality of the sleep we are getting on a daily basis.

If you are experiencing difficulties either falling or staying asleep, you might want to take a look at your sleep hygiene. Sleep hygiene refers to how we are spending the hour or so right before getting into bed. Often, when looking at how the hour prior to bed is spent, people usually say watching TV or playing on their phone. This bright, blue light from our devices is extremely detrimental to our sleep hygiene.

A really easy way to try and improve sleep might be to get off the electronics an hour before bed and spend that time reading or doing a calmer, quieter activity. You may be surprised at how quickly your sleep improves!


About Jack Fox:

Jack graduated from the College of William and Mary with a B.S. in Psychology and recently finished his graduate work at Regent University with a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Throughout his studies, Jack has seen and worked with many clients, both adolescents and adults, struggling with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, adjustment issues, and even people with a desire to get to know themselves just a little bit better! The more Jack has worked with people, the more a simple truth has come to light: You are not alone!

Jack believes that success in therapy results from a combination of understanding first what is dysfunctional, then where the dysfunction comes from. Finally, changing a behavior resulting from the thoughts or emotions driving the dysfunction can result in truly powerful changes in life. He mainly uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy, EDMR, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy to help attain the goals of his clients. Through these techniques, Jack enters into relationship with his clients and gets to understand and hear their full story, providing a safe environment for vulnerability.

To learn more about Jack, visit HERE.

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