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Combating Sleep Deprivation And Depression

By Edited Dec 24, 2013 0 0

 Sleep plays a vital role in enhancing one's physical health, longevity and emotional well being too. After a good night's sleep a person feels refreshed, rejuvenated, thoughts clearer and light hearted too. Without adequate and sufficient sleep performance can dwindle, the ability to learn and retain may weaken and finally chronic sleep deprivation can lead to serious health issues and depressive disorders. The inability to sleep is one of the major signs of depression.

              It is generally recommended by experts that a normal adult should get at least eight hours of uninterrupted, sound sleep. Insomnia is mostly related to depression. Sleep deprivation decreases one's concentration capacity, performance of the body, vigilance level, reasoning capacity and the ability of the brain to solve problems. Lack of proper sleep leads to depression, irritability, stress and anxiety. A person who has had sufficient night's sleep stays motivated and energetic all through the day.

             Depression could be a devastating and shattering experience. Depression is a mood disorder characterized by extreme sadness, feeling of hopelessness and of course social isolation which is quite alarming. People with depression encounter many types of sleep related disorders. They either find it difficult to get off to sleep or wake up frequently during the night or wake up early in the morning and find it difficult to get back to sleep after that. Generally 80% of the people suffering from depression complain of lack of sleep.

             Deprivation of sleep alone cannot lead to depression, but it obviously plays a vital role . Insomnia due to other medical illness or physical problems will aggravate depression  and make it worse. The inability to get sound sleep for a long period of time is definitely a sign of depression and should be seriously looked into. Depression is not something that a person can simply ignore. It is a serious disorder and have to be controlled with proper medications and treatment. Medical evidence states that a person with insomnia is ten times more prone to the risk of developing depression when compared to those who sleep well.

             Depression may lead to sleep related issues or sleep disorders may either cause or contribute to depression. For some people depressive disorders occur first followed by sleep disorders. For some others sleep problems may trigger first followed by depression.

              Living with depression is extremely a difficult and irritating one. It not only affects the way a person feels and thinks it is also associated with other chronic health problems. Sleep deprivation depression can pose a serious threat to one's life unless you resort to medical help. The simplest way to avoid depression is to ensure that you get good quantity and good quality sleep. This ensures that you sleep well during the night to wake up energized and exhilarated in the morning to face the new challenges of life.

            Sleep deprivation can slowly take an emotional upheaval on you. Hence one should initiate proper steps to combat these disorders by following proper habit and by following a healthy lifestyle.



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