Depression and Sleep : What’s the connection?

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Sleep is an essential physiological requirement for humans and most animals. Regulation of sleep and wakefulness requires the coordinated action of various neurotransmitters in our brains.

Disturbance in these chemicals can not only lead to sleep disturbances but also depression.

Everyone experiences feelings of sadness, disappointment, or hopelessness as a healthy reaction to various challenges that life throws at us. These feelings only last for a short period and don’t interfere with school, work, or relationships.

Depression is when these emotions persist for more than two weeks, are felt nearly every day, and remain for most of the day.

It may also include physical changes that lead to difficulties with daily activities.

More than 90% of patients with the major depressive disorder will suffer from sleep disorders.

Depression and sleep issues have a bidirectional relationship. This means that poor sleep can lead to the development of depression and having depression makes a person more likely to develop sleep issues.

This complex relationship makes it challenging to know which came first, sleep issues or depression. Sleep issues associated with depression include insomnia, hypersomnia, and obstructive sleep apnea.

Insomnia is the most common and is estimated to occur in about 75% of adult patients with depression.

Sleep problems can increase the risk of initially developing depression, and persistent sleep issues can also increase the risk of relapse in people who have been successfully treated for depression.

While depression can have dramatic effects on a person’s sleep and overall quality of life, it can be treated. Thus to decrease some of the problematic symptoms of depression, one must adopt measures that could help to sleep better.

To learn more, go through the two blog posts listed below. The first post talks about depression in women. The second post explains insomnia in women.


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Depression in Women

Depression is a condition that affects not only the well-being of a person but also impacts the quality of their life. Studies have shown that women suffer from depression twice more as men. Why does this happen and how can you prevent it from affecting the women in your life?

Read more about depression in women in this article.

Insomnia in Women

Although the importance of sleep cannot be stressed enough sometimes it so happens that you may not get enough sound sleep. Studies show that lack of sleep is very common in women.

Read all about the reasons behind the same and how women can tackle this problem in this blog.

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