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Depression

Feeling a little blue? Depression is more likely in people with sleep disorders.

Everyone, at some time in their life, has felt a little down. You feel blue and you just don’t want to face the day. Occasionally experiencing these feelings are normal but when the feeling is prolonged, it can be the early stages of depression.  Depression amplifies your feelings of unhappiness, continues for prolonged periods of time and deters you from leading a normal life.

Depression isn’t caused singularly by lack of sleep. Not getting enough shut eye however, does play a significant role in contributing to your depression. Your depression is heightened when you don’t sleep – upsetting your normal, daily routine and upsetting your professional, personal and social life.

Recent reports have implied that people suffering from sleep disorders are more prone to developing depression and similar symptoms. In this case, the severity of the sleep disorder is directly connected to the risk of depression. The less quantity and quality of sleep you get each night are reflected in the seriousness of the symptoms.  Another study indicates individuals suffering from depression are five times more likely to also have a breathing-related sleep disorder. This is compared to people not living with depression.

This is a portion of an email I have received recently from a sleep apneic:

"I am at the end of my active life: marathons, two kids, and a happy life are gone."

Antidepressant medication is linked to sleep disorders

If you suffer from depression, chances are your medical doctor will prescribe antidepressants. These specific pills can alter and enhance a person’s mood and help them to overcome their illness. However, some antidepressants can also trigger and provoke certain sleep disorders. A prevalent link between antidepressants and one such disorder – REM behavior disorder – finds while people are asleep, they tend to act out their often violent dreams.

Doctors are noticing the affects of antidepressant drug use, more and more in younger patients. The broad use of medications is on the rise as more people turn to prescription drugs to try to solve their problems. The problem then becomes, instead of dealing with the underlying issue, one in which drugs are used to medicate and a whole scenario of different problems occur. Some doctors say they aren’t surprised at the side affects associated with the medication, knowing what chemicals are used and their adverse affects on the brain.

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