Sleep and depression; they go together
If you can’t sleep, you become depressed. If you’re depressed, you can’t sleep. There is a definite link between depression and lack of sleep. About one out of every three American adults suffer from a loss of sleep at some time in their lives. About 20 million Americans suffer from the complex illness known as depression.
Depression is more than just the sad feeling most people experience now and then, usually after a death or a disappointment. It is a lingering sense of hopelessness and disinterest, an almost total turnoff of the things that were once held dear. It affects everything – what you wear, what you eat, how you feel, and how you don’t sleep. It just doesn’t go away.
The most common symptoms of depression are:
- sad, helpless, or hopeless feelings
- inability to sleep
- thoughts of suicide or death
- changes in appetite and weight changes
- inability to concentrate
- loss of energy
- disinterest in things that were once enjoyable
People who can’t sleep are at far greater risk of becoming depressed than those who sleep well.
Why Is Sleep So Important?
Sleep is a restorative state. It is important to your good health and well-being. Getting enough quality sleep, about seven to nine hours each night, can help protect your mental health, your physical health, the quality of your life, and your safety.
The way you feel while you’re awake depends on how well you sleep. Studies show that sleep deprivation can alter the activity in some parts of your brain. If you’re sleep deficient, you may find it difficult to make decisions, solve problems, control your emotions and behavior, and cope with change.
Sleep disorders and depression; they go together too
Depression has been linked to sleep disorders, even something as common as snoring can impact your sleep to the extent that depression may set in.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a more serious sleep disorder, causes you to stop breathing repeatedly during your sleep, sometimes hundreds of times. Usually caused by an obstructed airway, sleep apnea can rob you of restful sleep every night.
Treat your sleep disorder and beat your depression
Depression hurts. Don’t face it or fight it alone. If your think snoring or sleep apnea could be what’s causing your depression, a dentist may be your best choice for treatment. Certified in appliances that help control sleep apnea and snoring, treatment from Dr. Nancy Nehawandian of Top Down Dental in San Jose/Los Gatos can help you get the rest you need to beat your feelings of depression.