Sleep and Depression Factoids

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  • Did you know....


    • At least 80% of people suffering from depression experience insomnia.

    • Insomnia may precede depression by about five weeks.

    • Patients with depression go into REM (the period of sleep when you are most likely to dream) more quickly than people who do not have depression.

    • The National Sleep Foundation cites a statistic that people with depression were found to be five times more likely to suffer from sleep-disordered breathing.  The most common type of disturbance of breathing during sleep is called obstructive sleep apnea.

    • A 2008 study published in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences reports that there is a strong association between Restless Leg Syndrome and Major Depressive Disorder and Panic Disorder.

    The most important thing you need to know about all of these sleep facts is that many people report mood improvement and a decrease in symptoms of depression once they get their sleep issues resolved.

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    For more information about sleep and depressive symptoms please read the following Health Central articles:


Published On: January 08, 2012