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A Good Night’s Sleep: The Thin Line Between Happiness and Depression

Talia May 20, 2015 0 comments 0

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]W[/su_dropcap]hether you heard your grandma say it or heard it in your favorite song, “Everybody gets the blues.” But just how true is that? Of course, let us first distinguish between the blues, as in feeling down in the dumps, and legitimate depression. Everyone has most likely been bummed out before; but when speaking about depression, that’s a serious disorder and thus a grave matter. Unfortunately, upwards of 9% of all adults in the US are depressed, with 3.4% suffering major depression. And one contributing factor to depression is actually sleeplessness. Trouble sleeping can affect the mood in multiple ways, even in animals outside of humans.

One nagging side effect of sleep deprivation is crankiness – lashing out, irritability and those other unsavory parts of a bad mood that harm the individual displaying them and their surrounding relationships. But, it can get much worse than feeling a little cranky. Depression may settle in if you’re not sleeping right. To combat these side effects, some turn to sleep therapy for an assist. But, does it really help?

Sleep Therapy: A Potential Cure for the Blues

Scientists have recently reported that curing insomnia in depression victims can actually double their odds of beating the disorder. These results were found after conducting a study wherein insomnia treatment was given via talk therapy rather than drugs. With sleep drugs, you’re getting sleep that may be more akin to passing out due to intoxication, which can lead to daytime drowsiness, dizziness, an inability to sleep without the medication, mental impairment the next day, etc.

After the results of the talk therapy study were in, it was concluded that this may be the biggest advancement in treating depression since Prozac. Best of all, it’s all natural. It’s simply talk therapy and the body’s natural inclination to sleep. In essence, the body is healing itself; the brain’s chemistry is fixing itself. With the aid of proper sleeping patterns, many issues like depression may eventually disappear.

While there are still other studies that must be conducted on the matter, things are looking good so far for talk therapy potentially curing depression in many who suffer from the affliction. And, all it really requires, it seems, is a regular sleeping schedule.
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