When my sleep routine was disturbed, I forced myself to drink a herbal tea in order to move into a sleepy mood.”Paul*
“I found that being in a warm, comfortable place and having a regular
routine helped when I had sleep problems.”
“When thoughts are keeping me awake during the night I know I have too much stress on me. I need to cut something out.”Alma*
Sleep issues are common in depression1,2
Sleep disturbance is both a symptom of, and also a risk factor for depression1,3
Most people need 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night4
Insomnia and sleep disruption are common symptoms of depression and around 90% of people with depression experience sleep problems.1,2 Scientists and doctors know that sleep disruption and insomnia are risk factors for depression.3 And, when people feel depressed they can get into poor sleeping patterns; difficulty falling asleep, waking up during the night and being unable to return to sleep or, conversely, they might experience prolonged sleep episodes at night or increased daytime sleep.1
Think about how much sleep you get on a daily basis. Most people need 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night.4 If you experience sleep problems, it is important that you discuss these with your doctor who can offer help and advice on how to overcome them.
American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-5. ed. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press 2013.
Tsuno N, Besset A, Ritchie K. Sleep and depression. J Clin Psychiatry. 2005;66(10):1254-1269
Franzen PL, Buysse DJ. Sleep disturbances and depression: Risk relationships for subsequent depression and therapeutic implications. Dialogues Clin Neurosci. 2008;10(4):473-481.
Hirshkowitz M, Whiton K, Albert SM, et al. National Sleep Foundation’s updated sleep duration recommendations: Final report. Sleep Health. 2015;1(4):233-243.