Not getting enough sleep causes much more than fatigue

Many people think that a lack of sleep is not serious and only a mild disruption in their daily life. However, did you know that a lack of sleep can cause accidents, put you at risk for a heart attack, stroke, diabetes or cause depression?

There are several things that cause a lack of sleep such as snoring, sleep apnea, anxiety, worries about the day’s activities, drinking too much alcohol and effects from certain medications.

When does “being in the dumps” turn into depression?

depressionLosing sleep is a major cause of accidents and injuries at work. On top of that, lack of sleep can have a negative effect on our emotions and can cause depression. Being depressed is a mood disorder that makes you feel sad, helpless and alone. Most of us feel sad and down at times and that’s normal but when you’re sad and down for a long time, depressed feelings can prevent you from living a positive, happy life.

When you lose sleep you often feel irritated, tired, tense and negative.

Symptoms that may indicate that your sleeplessness is causing depression are:

  • having little enjoyment in things that were once fun and pleasurable
  • having little energy
  • difficulty in making decisions or concentrating
  • changes in your appetite
  • a decrease or increase in the need for sleep.

Depression can be treated

There are lots of things you can do to treat your symptoms of depression. Antidepressants such as Zoloft or Prozac, talking with a psychologist or psychiatrist, counseling, and meditation can all help. But, if your depression is caused by a breathing related sleep disorder, a key ingredient in your recovery is better sleep. Your San Jose/Los Gatos dentist can help you if snoring or sleep apnea is stopping you from getting the sleep you need.

Find out what’s stealing your sleep

People who snore or have sleep apnea often don’t realize they have a problem unless someone tells them. They’re asleep after all! If you’d like to find out if snoring or sleep apnea might be causing your fatigue and depression, take my on-line sleep disorder questionnaire. Who doesn’t want to sleep well and wake up refreshed?

By finding the cause of your depression, you’ll be able to get the treatment you need to recover.