The link between sleep deprivation and depression
Anyone who doesn’t get enough rest know all too well what it feels like to be always tired. Sleep deprivation, whether it comes from insomnia, stress, a busy life or a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea or snoring, can be more serious than slugging through life feeling fatigued.
The hidden costs of sleep deprivation
Not getting enough rest can slow your reaction time. In fact, studies show that sleep deprived people have the reaction time equivalent to that of someone who’s had too much alcohol to drink. That’s why sleep deprived people are at risk for causing car crashes and suffering accidents at work.
If you take the train and work at a desk, your sleep deprivation can still wreak havoc on your life. Your slower reaction times and irritability can cause your job performance and relationships to suffer. Sleep deprivation has also been linked to depression.
Sleep better, feel better
While a sleep disorder does not cause depression, lack of sleep does play a role. As discussed, poor sleep leads to fatigue and studies have shown that fatigue has a significant effect on mood. People who don’t sleep the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep each night report feeling more stressed, angry, sad, and mentally exhausted.
Taking steps to get the amount of sleep required to give you the rest your body and brain need will lead to an improved mood.
Get back to healthy sleep
It’s important to find out what’s causing your sleep problems and treat them effectively. Your doctor is an important health care professional to talk to. But did you know your dentist could help too?