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Doctors have long known that there is a strong link between depression and insomnia, but it wasn't until recently that this connection has started to be better understood. It has been estimated that close to eighty percent of people suffering from depression have problems with falling asleep or remaining asleep throughout the night.

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.

However, 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.

The Link Between Despression and Insomnia

The 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. 


depression and insomniaDoctors 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.

Nonetheless, there is also sufficient evidence that among people suffering from depression, it is much harder for those with sleeping problems to overcome their insomnia

Similarly, 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 of depression.

The 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).

Still, some evidence has started to show up, confirming that these two disorders may 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. 

Treating Depression and Insomnia

depression and insomniaBack 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. 

However, 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 change.

When 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 others. 

While 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 sleeping medications. 

However, 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. 

Still, the one insomnia treatment that seems to be most effective is cognitive 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. 

While 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.

Some 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 antidepressants or counseling while also undergoing treatment for their insomnia at the same time. 

depression and insomniaTherefore, 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. 

Again 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.

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