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Depression And Sleep


There is a correlation between depression and sleep.  This article will describe this correlation.

What Is Depression?

According to, depression is a mood disorder that impacts a person’s emotions, thoughts, and body. According to, The National Institute of Mental Health reports that nearly 19 million people in the U.S. suffer from depression each year. As of yet, one single cause of this illness has not been found.  However, a link between certain chemicals in your brain and depression exists.

Several Factors That Contribute To Depression

According to, factors that contribute to depression include:


According to, stress is one factor that contributes to depression.  According to, it can include “hard times, painful events, and life changes can all cause depression. This includes the loss of a job, the death of a loved one, or the birth of a baby.”

Family History

According to, depression is genetic.  If a family member suffers from depression, you run a higher risk of suffering from depression, as well.

If I Don’t Sleep Well, Does That Mean I’m Depressed?

According to, there are many things that can keep a person from sleeping well at night.  To be specific, depression is just one of these things.  According to, younger people under the age of 40 are more likely to have a harder time falling asleep if they are depressed.  In contrast, people over 40 are more likely to wake up during the night when they are depressed.

In addition, depression may not be the cause of sleepless nights.  It may be an cause but not the main cause.  According to, people have a hard time falling asleep if they have a sleep disorder such as Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).  According to, OSA causes you to stop breathing during your sleep and wake you up.  You become very sleepy during the day.


To end this article, a correlation between depression and sleep has been mentioned.  According to, nearly 19 million people in the U.S. suffer from depression each year.  If you suffer from depression and sleep difficulties, get help.  Do not suffer.  There is help and treatment out there to help you feel better.  Try getting medication and therapy for a combination of your depression and sleep difficulties.  Do not sit at home and suffer.  It is not worth it.  Get help.  Be brave.  You can do it.


Depression And Sleep

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2017). Depression And Sleep. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 23, 2020, from


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