DEPRESSED OVER LACK OF SLEEP?
Amber Lonsdale, LMFT, CACD
Most people don’t need a sleep expert to tell them how important a good night’s sleep is. While studies show that sufficient sleep plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory, learning, and other vital functions, most people will simply tell you that they feel awful after a poor night’s sleep. At least one study backs up what many insomniacs feel on a gut level. That is, insomnia is related to mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety, as well as to substance abuse. It must be pointed out that insomnia has not been found to cause depression, but it is often associated with depression. A behavioral sleep specialist can treat the problem without relying on medication.
If you are wrestling with insomnia, then it is likely that you’re dealing with depression as well. At our office, our compassionate counselors understand that insomnia and depression can affect anyone at any time, for any reason, or for no reason at all. We can provide you with the proven tools and safe space you need to deal with this issue. You deserve to be healthy again and we can help that happen. Please call one of our offices or 800-325-1192 for an appointment.
P.S. Sleeping either too much or too little is a classic symptom of depression.