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Sleep Problems Increase Risk of More Severe Depression

April 2, 2013|Counseling & Psychotherapy

Did you know that if you have sleep problems or insomnia, you are more likely to develop depression? And, that sleep problems are a risk factor for more severe depression?

If you don’t sleep well, the problem could be related to a sleep disorder or could be a symptom of depression. Since sleep and depression are so intertwined, it is important to seek professional help for sleep difficulties and/or depression. Many psychologists and health psychologists can offer tools for improved sleep and offer treatment for depression.

More information from the National Sleep Foundation below:

The relationship between sleep and depressive illness is complex – depression may cause sleep problems and sleep problems may cause or contribute to depressive disorders. For some people, symptoms of depression occur before the onset of sleep problems. For others, sleep problems appear first. Sleep problems and depression may also share risk factors and biological features and the two conditions may respond to some of the same treatment strategies. Sleep problems are also associated with more severe depressive illness.

Insomnia is very common among depressed patients. Evidence suggests that people with insomnia have a ten-fold risk of developing depression compared with those who sleep well. Depressed individuals may suffer from a range of insomnia symptoms, including difficulty falling asleep (sleep onset insomnia), difficulty staying asleep (sleep maintenance insomnia), unrefreshing sleep, and daytime sleepiness. However, research suggests that the risk of developing depression is highest among people with both sleep onset and sleep maintenance insomnia.

via Depression and Sleep | National Sleep Foundation – Information on Sleep Health and Safety.

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