Did you know insufficient sleep leads to depression? Many of us find ourselves in traumatic situations and will hardly ascertain that the problem could come from not sleeping enough. We consider insomnia too minute a problem to cause issues as serious as depression. Truth be told, sleeping too little has a great bearing on the mental health of an individual.
It is common knowledge that depression could prevent us from sleeping, but not the other way round. Research is increasingly making it clear that a disturbance in our sleep is mostly witnessed before depression and not after. So how exactly does lack of sleep lead to depression?
While experts may not fully understand why a lack of sleep could trigger depression, we could get a clue if we reflect on what happens to the brain if we do not sleep. A study on the issue looked at the amygdala, a part of the brain experts believe regulates our emotions.
In the study, some people were deprived of sleep for about 35 hours and shown negative images. Their reaction was compared to another set of participants who slept well enough. The sleep deprived participants portrayed a better amygdala response, and other parts of the brain that regulate the amygdala looked weaker. With such findings, we can begin to see that sleeping poorly actually triggers difficult situations like depression.
In the past few years, researchers have found possible links between sleep and depression. These studies show that we could inherit genes that make us vulnerable to sleep disorders. Such genes could also make us vulnerable to depression. More studies find that people who suffer from depression may develop inflammation. This same inflammation could be a result of little sleep.
Sleeping well and enough is vital, and we could develop depression if we don’t. If you are one of those who has been spending 20 hours a day awake, it is probably time to reconsider you approach and start sleeping better.
Did you know an addiction can be caused by a mental disorder?
One of the primary reasons that mental disorders and substance abuse so often go hand-in-hand is that drugs and alcohol can provide an escape from the pressures of mental health problems. Self-medicating is surprisingly common: you’re not alone.
But unlike real, effective, long-term solutions, such as medication and detoxification in a treatment center, drugs and alcohol won’t amount to effective treatment.
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