Sleep deprivation affects millions of people every night. When you don’t get enough sleep the results have a negative impact on the things that your body needs to do to function correctly. Which ultimately leads to depression and insomnia.
If you are getting the right amount of the right kinds of sleep, there are all sorts of problems that you can experience on a daily basis:
- Emotional problems
- Noticeably low energy levels
- Memory problems (can’t remember details)
- Difficulties with mental acuity
If you want to discover if you are not getting the proper amount of sleep, keep a journal of the time you actually do sleep. Write down things such as when you went to bed, what time you woke up, did you look at the clock during the night, times during the day when you took a nap. This is also called a “sleep diary.” A good one can be found here. It is in PDF format and can be easily printed.
After keeping your journal, check to see if you have any signs of exhaustion, fatigue or a lack of physical energy. If you can’t seem to complete things that need to be done, your body aches, your mind is not as sharp or you can’t do the things you normally do, you might have insomnia.
Without the proper amount of sleep your brain doesn’t have the chance to rest. Your thinking and speaking become cloudy and affects your memory. You sometimes can’t perform tasks because you are physically exhausted. Your physical movement becomes weakened and limited.
Depression and Insomnia Loop
When these symptoms occur, you can become depressed. When you become depressed and start taking medications, they can keep you awake because of the ingredients (codeine, etc.) in some of the prescriptions.
Very quickly, you can become involved in a loop: you can’t get sleep because you are depressed but you are depressed because you can’t get any sleep. This is an extremely vicious cycle that is hard to turn around without the help of a physician.
When you have medical problems or illnesses, this can also cause you to become depressed which in turn can cause you to become sleep deprived.
Conversely, you can also get too much sleep from depression. In a depressed state of mind, you feel numb to the world, are lethargic and sleeping is easier than dealing with the problems you are facing.
Clinical depression is considered a mood disorder. You can experience feelings of sadness, helplessness, and you feel hopeless and worthless. Clinical depression is described as feeling blue or sad for long periods of time. These feelings become more intense and your depression can keep you from feeling normal and living a basically normal life.
If you feel you are depressed or are experiencing any of the signs of depression, go to your physician to seek help. There are remedies for depression and insomnia which seem to go hand-in-hand at times. There is no need to suffer with these two conditions when help is readily available.