The Relationship Between Insomnia, Anxiety, and Depression: It’s Complicated

The Relationship Between Insomnia, Anxiety, and Depression: It’s Complicated

Sleep patterns, including insomnia, are affected by any number of physical, mental, emotional, and even social issues. When it comes to the link between insomnia and mental health, the relationship may best be described as bidirectional, meaning one can worsen the other and vice versa. As with the proverbial chicken and egg, it’s not always easy to tell which came first. “The formula varies — some start off with insomnia that develops into depression, while others start off with depression that leads to insomnia,” Dr. Neubauer says. Bipolar disorder, depression, stress, or anxiety, all increase your likelihood of developing insomnia...

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