A. The fact that you are not sleeping is likely contributing to this problem. Sleep problems are directly connected to mental health problems. People who don’t sleep well have more mental health problems than people who do sleep well. More generally, people don’t function well when they are sleep deprived.
Sleep deprivation can cause significant negative physical and psychological effects. Physically, sleep deprived people are less alert and have memory problems. Researchers have identified sleepiness as a major contributor to traffic accidents.
Emotionally, irritability is more prominent. Moods can be erratic and shifting. Sleep deprived people are less happy and struggle to contain their emotions.
It would be an understatement to say that sleep is fundamental to good physical and mental health functioning. It could be that you are “annoyed” by people because your sleep deprived mind is overwhelmed.
You asked about going to the hospital. You should seek emergency assistance if you are at risk of hurting yourself or someone else. Otherwise, try counseling. You should also consult your doctor to determine if a sleep disorder is present.
Hopefully, you will utilize the assistance of treatment professionals who can assist you in finding a solution to this problem. Good luck and please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle