Don’t Lose Sleep Over Depression

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According to the latest statistics insomnia is now estimated to affect as much as 10% of the population.

The figures showing that it is between the 8th and 10th percentile. The research also showing that it is amongst the middle age where the disturbances become more commonplace. There is more than a tenuous link between depression and insomnia. The disturbance to the sleeping pattern brings with it the feelings of anxiety that bring about the mental ailment. Work worries can bring it about, as can a whole host of other emotional dilemmas.

It is the worry about sleep that the research has determined is part of what brings about the lack of it. Whilst a good night’s sleep brings to the body the recuperation it needs, a cat nap during the day time can reassert the balance needed in our lives. Taking more than 1000 subjects and surveying their sleeping patterns, and habits it has been determined by sleep experts now armed with data that persons who garner sleep in increments throughout the day can still function at an optimum and negate the chance for depression to emerge from a lack of solid sleep during the night.

Perfectly healthy people it has been seen can adapt well to this structured approach to sleep. Sleep experts have pointed to two important characteristics of sleep linked to depression from the research. Depression can emerge if there is little continuity of sleep, and if it takes too long in order to achieve the state of sleep. People who have depression it has been noted tend to show major differences to healthy persons with regard to these two fundamentals of sleep.

Whilst the national average is that 10% or so of people suffer from insomnia, the stats are far higher in depressed persons with those who suffer showing a sleep disturbance rate as high as 75%. It is the thinking before rest comes that is the major killer when it comes to finding the elusive sleep. The thoughts in the persons mind reflect over the bad, reliving moments, in particular moments where stress was apparent can lead to adrenaline being released and making sleep impossible, irritability and agitation play a major role in keeping a great many depressed people from achieving adequate sleep.

When the person with depression awakes during the night there is an inner torment which makes it difficult to return to the state of sleep also. Waking in the early morning is particularly common during depression, and there is a correlation with this and low body temperature, rising too early even in healthy persons can lead to the feeling of fatigue and with that the risk of depression.

Sleep specialists have noted from their research that both antidepressant medication use and the implementation of an ECT treatment programme can go some way to having positive effects on sleep.

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