Sleep and Depression

Information provided by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Sleep Medicine - Amarillo Diagnostic Clinic, P.A.

Sleep Medicine – Amarillo Diagnostic Clinic, P.A.

Do you think depression may be causing you to have trouble sleeping at night?

Do you have trouble sleeping, or sleeping too much during the day? These problems may be caused by external factors (i.e. noise or light) or temporary stresses (i.e. new baby or starting a new job), it is important to understand that these troubles may also be connected to your mood. in some cases, these sleep problems may be related to a condition called depression.

Depression is one cause of sleep troubles, but there are many others.

Related: Sleep isn’t just “time out” from daily life

What is depression?

Depression is being recognized more and more as a condition that involves how we feel about ourselves and how we respond to events in our lives. Depression also affects our bodies. Trouble falling asleep and/or staying asleep are important features of depression. Other symptoms may include:

  • Down or low moods, feeling sad most of the day, nearly every day
  • Loss of interest or inability to experience pleasure in things that generally had been pleasurable before
  • Abrupt changes in weight, either significant weight loss or weight gain
  • Loss of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Thoughts that life isn’t worth living, even to the point of actively considering ending one’s life
  • Anger outbursts, irritability, nervousness

If I don’t sleep well, does that mean I’m depressed?

Not necessarily. Depression is one case of sleep troubles, but there are many others. For example, sone people stop breathing over and over again during sleep, a condition referred to as Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS). This problem can wake them often while sleeping, leading to daytime sleepiness. Lastly, it’s important to know that trouble sleeping for any reason can lead to feelings of depression. Age has an effect on how depression affects your sleep. For example, a younger adult with depression often has trouble falling asleep. People over 40 more often have trouble remaining asleep. Both can be caused by depression.

What happens when I am referred to the Sleep Center?

In many cases, the sleep disorders specialist will interview you. This provides a complete history of your sleep and related problems. You may also be asked to cpmlete a short (two-week) sleep diary of your sleep habits and difficulties. in addition, some specialists ask you to fill out a questionnaire. Taken together, this information can lead to a sleep or depression diagnosis.

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Contact Amarillo Diagnostic Clinic today to find out if a sleep study is right for you. No referral is necessary. 
6700 W. Ninth, Amarillo, Texas, 79106
(806) 356-5522 
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Sleepiness and Your Weight: What’s the connection?

WebMD Health News

June 13, 2012 — Being obese or depressed may make you more likely to be sleepy during the day, new research shows. About 20% of American adults have excessive daytime sleepiness, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Although poor sleep is often blamed for excessive daytime sleepiness, ”we found that depression and obesity were the strongest risk factors for being tired and sleepy,” says Alexandros Vgontzas, MD, a professor of psychiatry at Penn State. He presented three studies on daytime sleepiness this week at Sleep 2012, the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies in Boston.

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The good news: “If you lose weight, you are going to be less tired and sleepy,” says Vgontzas. In one of the studies, he found that as people lost their extra pounds, they became less sleepy during the day.

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