A lot of people still can’t figure out how sleep disorders and depression meet the necessary standards to be categorized as part of the mental health spectrum. Yes, depression is part of the mental health issues but why can’t we see a sleeping disorder as an issue as well? We sometimes think that being unable to fall asleep has to do with over-sleeping the day before, a lot of work and other things, and yes, they do have something to do with sleep deprivation but there’s so much more to that. Please stick around for more information and to obtain some of my opinions and personal struggles with sleep disorders and depression.
A sleep disorder and depression go hand by hand and I’m going to tell you why.
What Is a Sleep Disorder?
In simple terms, a sleep disorder is when you have trouble either falling asleep, waking up endless times during the night or simply sleeping too much. Does this sound like something that is currently affecting your life on a daily basis?
I am not a psychologist nor a professional but if your answer is “yes” then maybe you need to dig deeper into this topic and bring it up on your next visit to your doctor.
Depression + Sleeping Disorder = Mental Health
Depression is one of the worlds most diagnosed conditions that could have a million other complications along the way. People often auto-diagnose themselves with depression based on how they’re feeling but, is this okay? Does it actually fit the standards for a concrete diagnosis?
Depression has a lot of signs that you should be looking over and analyzing to see if you actually match any of the described symptoms that you researched. If you do, then you must consider getting professional help.
Now, how does depression and your sleeping habits fit together? Well, it’s very simple. If you’re the type of person that over-sleeps, sleeps to avoid dealing with certain things or with life in general, there’s a possibility that you’re depressed. This is indeed, a sign of depression. As well, not sleeping at all during the night due to
* Fear (yes, there are actual people who have fear over sleeping, and that’s because they’re afraid some specific thing that has been haunting them will appear in their dreams)
There are so many things that can actually prevent you from having a normal 6-8 hour sleep which can lead to isolation due to not having energy, nor the physical strength to do anything. Isolation and lack of energy to do things can be a big red flag over how your mental state is managing all of your efficiency.
On the other hand, people who are already diagnosed with insomnia can have a higher tendency to develop depression.
People with depression also tend to have some type of anxiety disorder which can also be a factor in your sleeping routine.
Getting Professional Help
Is it a good idea to get professional help just because of a sleep disorder? Let me tell you a bit about my experience.
I am a very skeptical person and the idea to actually go to someone and them diagnosing me with a certain condition was such a scare for me. Not to mention, I never liked the idea of medication. It took me so much researching and asking other people what were their thoughts on the subject, to finally come to a conclusion of whether I actually needed this treatment.
After some thinking and even more research, I decided to give it a try. So, that’s what I did, I was diagnosed with severe depression and insomnia. I started taking the prescribed medication and they didn’t work, so due to that, I canceled all of my upcoming appointments. It wasn’t until the beginning of this year that I went back because I couldn’t deal with what was happening in my life and I was afraid I was going to somehow fail having control over my mind.
It turns out, I only needed a bigger dose than the one I started out with. I don’t regret it, and if you’re like me, just know that there is something for you out there; you just need to take your time to examínate your surroundings and how you’re truly feeling. It’s not going to be an actual remedy to all of your conditions but along the way, you will see the impact.
There’s nothing that comes out the easy way. If we want something we must work hard for it to actually see the results. Just like everything in life, your health in general, is something that you should really have a better and closer look at. Being a child or even a teenager, I’m sure a lot of us were scared of going to the doctor or actually reaching out if you ever needed something. And you might still be on that point but, I learned something along the way of all my conditions. Even if you’re scared, nervous, skeptical or whatever it is that’s keeping you from taking the next step, please go beyond your boundaries. I’ve been through so much in my life and I know that if I would’ve reached out, said something or looked closely, I would not be having some problems that I have to this day.
It’s hard looking yourself in the mirror and not seeing the person you used to be before. Don’t let anything, even if it’s something minimal, take over your entire life. If so, things would only get worse, believe me. It is never too late to give out a chance to something you know will make your life so much easier and even help you along your journey.
You have the power to change your life. Take that step and do it. You will be so grateful for the results.
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