Depression and Sleep: Understanding the Connection

Depression and Sleep: Understanding the Connection

People with insomnia have a higher risk of depression. On the other hand, depression can trigger sleep problems. Knowing the connection between depression and sleep can help you recognize symptoms and get treatment for both. Depression and sleep problems are closely linked. People with insomnia, for example, may have a tenfold higher risk of developing depression than people who get a good night’s sleep. And among people with depression, 75 percent have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Which comes first? “Either one can be the starting point,” says Johns Hopkins sleep researcher Patrick H. Finan, Ph.D. “Poor sleep may...

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