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Depression and Insomnia10,808 Views
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A number of cases have been reported where both sex and depression are responsible for serious health issues. Information on how to avoid and effectively counter these issues is available on Health Guru.
Description: Depression and insomnia often go hand in hand. Many treatment options can help, but it's important to get more information on depression and insomnia.
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Depression and sleep problems are often inextricably linked. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help get sleeping back on track. Insomnia, an inability to fall asleep or stay asleep, is common among depression sufferers, while a smaller percentage of people with depression tend to sleep excessively. Studies also suggest that people with insomnia are at a high risk for developing a depressive disorder. It’s estimated that more than 80 percent of people with depression have problems sleeping or suffer from ongoing insomnia. And, as with other depressive disorders, insomnia occurs more often in women than in men. When insomnia occurs, it may interfere with deep sleep, during which the body realizes valuable restorative emotional and physical benefits. Equally vital is rapid eye movement sleep (REM) sleep, which is associated with processing emotions and relieving stress. In contrast, depression sufferers typically find themselves preoccupied with negative thoughts, which tends to exacerbate their insomnia. And lying awake all night dwelling on problems often makes matters worse. Recovery from depression, however, may be dependent on addressing sleep problems. And the first step is talking with a doctor about your insomnia. You should also have a thorough physical exam to rule out any medical illness that may be causing your symptoms. One reason it’s important to discuss sleeping problems with your doctor or mental health professional is that many depression medications, including serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, like Paxil and Prozac, may result in sleep problems. Another reason is that sleep disorders may complicate depression treatment. For example, many mental health professionals prefer to treat depression and insomnia with an SSRI, along with a sedating antidepressant. However, people with both depression and obstructive sleep apnea symptoms need to avoid sedating antidepressants. An additional type of medication that’s prescribed for people with insomnia includes the class of drugs known as hypnotics, which includes Ambien, Sonata and Restoril. However, these drugs are typically recommended only for short-term use. The good news is that depression treatment typically involves a combination of medication AND psychotherapy that includes cognitive-behavioral therapy. And cognitive-behavioral therapy also shows up to an 80 percent success rate in helping insomnia sufferers. In addition to medication, experts say sleep may be improved through meditation, yoga, relaxation or deep-breathing techniques, and as well by regular exercise as long as it’s well before bedtime. Other sleep-inducing tips include: eliminating caffeine, alcohol or nicotine during evening hours; a warm shower before bedtime; using your bedroom only for sleeping or sexual activity keeping your bedroom at a cool temperature; using a white noise machine, black-out shades, earplugs or sleep mask. If you’re suffering from depression and insomnia, it’s important to know that both are treatable. Please see your doctor or mental health professional for help.
Did You Know?
Is your depression causing insomnia or is your insomnia causing your depression?
Depression is a serious mental illness that can affect anyone, regardless of age, nationality, gender or socioeconomic factors. It is characterized by overwhelming periods of sadness, and hopelessness. You may find it difficult to perform your everyday activities; have a lack of energy, feel restlessness or irritable. You could find yourself eating too much or too little and having thoughts of death or suicide. Another common symptom of depression is insomnia.
Insomnia isa sleep disorder characterized by having trouble falling or staying asleep or waking up too early. It is the most common sleep disorder, with approximately 30% of adults having some symptoms of it. However, only 10% mayhave chronic insomnia. Recent studies have shown a link between depression and insomnia. These studies found that chronic insomnia can actually increase your risk of developing depression and certain anxiety disorders. On the other hand, individuals with depression are at an increased risk of developing chronic insomnia as compared to other people. In fact, people with insomnia are 10 times more at risk for depression than people without insomnia.
Coping with Depression and Insomnia
If you have trouble sleeping at night, the first thing you should do is talk to your doctor. He may want to run some tests to make sure that an underlying medical conditionsis not responsible for your insomnia or your depressed mood.
Your doctor will probably prescribe a medication such as sleeping pills. These, however, are mostly for short term use only. Behavioral therapy reinforces treatment and may include therapies such as relaxation techniques, cognitive behavioral therapy, stimulus control, and light therapy.
Your doctor may also recommendsome dietary changes, including decreasing your caffeine intake, particularly later in the day.Caffeine may also reduce the effect of certain antidepressants, resulting in a worsening of insomnia. Although exercising is typically a recommended part of everyone’s daily routine, strenuous exercise before bed can actually prevent you from falling asleep. Relaxing activities and light exercise are best for late-day exercising.
You may also consider talking to an understanding friend, family member or even a mental health professional about anything that is on your mind. Insomnia and depression can be overcome - talk to you doctor today.