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Depression and Sleep

A Troubling Link Twenty million Americans are affected by depression, an illness that produces overwhelming and persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, and hopelessness. In addition to bringing about changes in appetite and energy, depression is also associated with poor sleep. The most common problem is an inability to fall and/or stay asleep (also known as insomnia); oversleeping affects only a small percentage of those with depression. The link between sleep and depression is not completely understood. The disorder may lead to sleep problems, but it’s also possible that a lack of adequate rest intensifies depression. In fact, those with insomnia are ten times more likely to be diagnosed with depression compared with…

How Depression Affects Your Sleep

Why this medical condition may be keeping you up at night After a bad day, it’s normal to lie awake at night, ruminating about what went wrong. However, if you find that your sleep is disrupted on a regular basis by feelings of unhappiness, anxiety, or hopelessness, it could be a sign that something more serious is going on. For the approximately 20 million people affected by depression, restless nights and insomnia can unfortunately go hand-in-hand. The relationship between poor sleep and depression is complex—partially thanks to the fact that it’s a “chicken or the egg” scenario. While some people can develop insomnia due to their depression, for others, the sleep issue may be at…