Saturday, December 23, 2006

Can Sleep Disorders Cause Depression?

A recent steady has shown that millions of Americans and on a lesser scale a great number of Europeans have sleep disorders of one kind or another. Many say no matter how hard they try, it is hard to get good a night sleep. There is a high price attached to this loss of sleep, somewhere in the billons of dollars, let alone the emotional problems being faced by the people with these different sleep disorders.

It was once thought insomnia was not a sleep disorder, but now it appears insomnia is much more than just a sleep disorder. When a person finds it hard to fall asleep or wakes up several times during the night, and does not sleep to the desired time in the morning this could be and many times is insomnia. Many people over the age of 50 suffer some degree of this disorder. Unless there is some kind of illness causing the problem or an inherited trait, then it might be a combination of psychological and or environmental problems. In this case only your doctor can tell you for sure.

There are different degrees of insomnia. If the disorder lasts but a week or two it may be caused by some problem that has happened in a person's life and even though we think we are over the problem it still could be in the back of our minds and be causing a sleep disorder at different times. This kind of insomnia is easily treated and often lasts a short time maybe a month or so. Chronic insomnia is much more serious and may be due to a combination of factors such as medical, physical, or psychological. This type of insomnia needs to be treated with sometimes a combination of medication, and if left untreated can lead to a future onset of depression.

Sleep disorders can be the cause of daytime tiredness, bad mood, and difficulty in concentrating, as well as an increased risk of personal injury. It is best of course not to buy over the counter medication, and have a doctor prescribe a treatment after a medical diagnosis. Therapy of some kind may be necessary along with retraining a person on how to relax. Once a treatment program begins unless there is an illness of some kind, it could take several months to get back to getting a good nights sleep, although it could be much less, depending on the response to the medication and treatment prescribed.

Many things contribute to poor sleep and not always will the problem be insomnia. Many times our daily lives are the real problem such as attitude, how we accept everyday problems, keeping a regular schedule, and so on. If you have any kind of sleep disorder and are not getting better, be sure to visit your doctor, if for no other reason than piece of mind. Just the assurance that your sleep problem is very common in today's world will go along way to getting a good night sleep.