There is no doubt about it; sleep disorders and depression are definitely linked. Sleep disorders affect one in three adults at some point in their life. However, its important to note that sleep disorders don’t CAUSE depression. Its just a combination that you see often. There are two types of sleep disorders that you’ll find most often with depression; insomnia and oversleeping. Lets talk a little about each.
1. Insomnia is an inability to fall asleep and/or stay asleep. For some who are suffering from depression, overwhelming feelings of sadness, hopelessness, guilt or grief cause their minds to continually run, rendering sleep impossible.
2. Oversleeping can be categorized by getting anything more than 8 hours of sleep per night. Oftentimes, sufferers of depression just want an escape from the constant feelings and anxiety. Sleep offers this escape. However, it is like any other addiction and can easily get out of control. Oversleeping has been linked to a host of other problems including diabetes, heart disease and increased risk of death.
If you are struggling with depression and sleep disorders, there is help available. Insight Child & Family Counseling will work with you to outline a plan of action and get you back on track to living your best life. Call us today at 972-426-9500 or visit us online at www.LDSCounselorDFW.com.