How Depression Affects Sleep

How Depression Affects Sleep

Sleep is a vital component of good health. However, depression tends to disrupt or prevent this healthy ritual, whether it stems from drug abuse or is part of one’s mental makeup. These problems thereby bring on other health issues and increase the likelihood of developing further addictions.

Addictions That Encourage Depression

The following medications can cause depression:

  • Antidepressants (Prozac, Celexa, Cymbalta and Wellbutrin)
  • Drugs that reduce cholesterol (Zetia, Vytorin and Lipitor)
  • Benzodiazepines (Klonopin, Ativan, Valium and Xanax)
  • Barbiturates (Phenobarbital and secobarbital)
  • Alcohol
  • Various birth control medications

This is by no means an exhaustive list, as many other drugs can run this risk. Furthermore, different people have different hormonal responses to a medication, so everyone will respond uniquely to the same kind or amount of a drug. However, heavily using the above medications is likely to create depression. Depression can then cause even worse problems while it also intensifies a drug’s side effects, which means users must quickly address their issues if they want to recover.

Depression and Sleep

The effects of depression include insomnia, often because the patient’s mind is too full of worry and despair to leave any room for sleep. If this condition comes from drug abuse, many people simply increase their dosage in hope that the euphoric state will bring relief. On the other hand, those who were born with clinical depression may experiment with drugs when they experience insomnia and other unpleasant effects. This creates a downward spiral as an escalating addiction intensifies depression, thus creating the need for increasing amounts of the drug, and so on. Having little sleep causes many problems, like worsening the patient’s temper, weakening the immune system, and impairing common sense. This contributes to the overall decline of the patient’s physical and mental health.

Recovery Help for Co-Occurring Depression and Addiction

Patients who suffer from both depression and substance abuse would be wise to seek integrated treatment for both disorders. If someone treats one disorder and not the other, she runs the risk of relapse, because both problems drive each other. Therefore, therapy for both problems must work in tandem if they are to have lasting results. More information about integrated treatment is available at our toll-free, 24 hour helpline, where our phone counselors are waiting to answer your questions and reassure you with the hope of recovery. Call us today to begin your journey into a restored life.