Most psychiatrists used to view this insomnia as
simply an effect of a person's depression, and thus completely ignored
the sleeping problems, instead choosing to focus solely on treating the
depression with medications and therapy or counseling.
many doctors and researchers have slowly started to come to
the conclusion that while these two disorders are definitely related in
some way, their relationship is not a simple cause and effect
situation. The prevailing opinion now is that insomnia and depression
are separate disorders that just happen to often occur at the same
time, but it is still
necessary to treat both conditions separately in
order to affect any lasting improvement.
Link Between Despression and Insomnia
term depression insomnia
used to be commonly used to refer to any
sleeping problems that occur during bouts of depression. When most
people think of a depressed person, their mind immediately conjures an
image of a sad person who's unable to drag themselves out of bed, when
in fact less than
fifteen percent of people with depression actually
sleep too much.
The truth is that it
actually seems much more likely than insomnia might be a factor leading
to depression, prolong existing depression, or at least a precursor for depression
that may or may not be related.
have long known that when a person struggles with sleeping,
they lie awake focusing on their inability to sleep and start to become
more and more anxious. Furthermore,
anxiety is one of the main factors leading to depression, and many
studies have begun to show that insomnia often shows up
before a bout of depression. So, it would seem make sense that insomnia
could eventually lead to depression.
there is also sufficient evidence that among people
suffering from depression, it is much
harder for those with sleeping
problems to overcome
people with a history
of depression are much more likely to experience reoccurring bouts of
the disorder if they don't sleep well. So, along with being a possible
trigger for depression, insomnia can also prolong or continue the cycle
one factor that cannot be ignored is the fact that people with
insomnia and other sleeping disorders are almost ten times more likely
to develop depression. This is especially true for those with sleep
onset insomnia (having trouble falling asleep) and sleep maintenance
insomnia (difficulties staying asleep through the whole night).
some evidence has started to show up, confirming that these two
actually share different
biological risk factors. So, as you can see,
the connection between despression and insomnia is still quite cloudy,
and all we really know is that they are definitely related in some way,
with each disorder being a major risk factor in developing the other,
no matter which one shows up first.
Depression and Insomnia
when doctors were still convinced that depression insomnia was a
real condition and viewed depression as a factor in causing insomnia,
almost all treatments focused solely on treating the depression, with
the view that the person's sleeping problems would go away on their own
as the depression improved.
nowadays most doctors are
realizing that each
condition may affect the other, and therefore it is
necessary to treat each disorder separately to effect any long lasting
it comes to treating insomnia, there are two very different
approaches that are usually used, sometimes in conjunction with one
another. The most common approach involves
using medication to make a
person fall asleep.
While prescription sleeping pills are incredibly
common, many people have also had luck with using natural herbal
sleeping remedies for insomnia as well, including chamomile and melatonin among many
sleeping medications are used quite commonly and have been proven
successful in some cases, the general consensus is that they often just
mask the problem, with the majority of individuals
reporting that their
sleeping problems returned soon after they stopped taking prescription
the same problem doesn't seem to be so
common with people who use herbal remedies, as the majority of them are
safe for long
term use, meaning that they can be used whenever a
person's sleeping problems begin to rear their ugly head.
the one insomnia treatment that seems to be most effective is
behavioral therapy, which is a several month long process
that teaches the individual to understand the underlying causes of
their insomnia and then providing them with different tools and
activities that can be used to counteract these causes.
it is a
relatively new field, more and more doctors are starting to turn to it
and recognizing cognitive behavioral therapy as having the potential to
be the most effective
and permanent insomnia treatment.
studies have shown that as
high as fifty percent of people
undergoing insomnia treatment also report improvements in their
depression as well. Still, the biggest improvements have been shown
when people undergo treatment for depression through the use of either
while also undergoing treatment for their
insomnia at the same time.
if you are suffering from both despression and insomnia, you
should contact your doctor and seek out treatment for both conditions
if you truly want to see any improvement in either disorder. What's
more, if you are only suffering from one of these disorders, you are at
a high risk of developing the other one.
this means you need to seek some form of treatment in order to
decrease your chances of the one disorder eventually leading to the
other. While natural remedies and therapy are the preferred methods, as
they don't require you to flood your body with medications, it does
seem that even treating either insomnia or depression with medication
should still help.
to the Snoring