Sleep is extremely important for our bodies. When we don’t get enough sleep most of us notice we feel tired, have trouble focusing, and get sick. What you may not be aware of is the impact lack of sleep has on your mental health. Even for those who are not predisposed to depression, the lack of sleep impacts mood. For those who are predisposed to depression, lack of sleep often precipitates depression. In fact, 4 out of 5 people who suffer from depression report loss of sleep directly before the onset of symptoms.
Sleep is when our bodies are able to repair themselves. Although research has clearly demonstrated most people need at least 8 hours sleep per night the average person gets less than 7 hours which means most of us are sleep deprived. For those who struggle with depression getting adequate sleep is part of the formula for healing. It is important to allow yourself enough time for sleep if you are trying to heal from depression. Likewise, if you are predisposed to depression it is important for you to consistently make sleep a priority. It is easy to get forget the importance of sleep when you are feeling good. Remember, not getting enough sleep can contribute to future depressive episodes.
If you struggle with depression, it is important to go to bed and wake up at approximately the same time every day. When you vary the time you go to bed and wake it throws your sleep rhythm off. When your sleep rhythm is off it can make it more difficult to fall asleep at night and wake up in the morning. Often times those with depression struggle with either falling asleep or waking up. It is important not to engage in behaviors that make sleep even more of an issue.
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Written By Dr. Steffanie Stecker
Dr. Steffanie Stecker a licensed psychologist and the owner and clinical director of Mountain Vista Psychology, PLLC.
In addition, she is a board certified neurotherapist (BCN E5669) and board certified in QEEG (QEEG-D). Less than 100 people world wide are board certified in QEEG, which indicates competency in reading QEEGs and choosing neurofeedback protocols. Dr. Stecker is passionate about brain based effective therapy and creating a safe relationship for her clients to create change. She loves what she gets to do each day!