Sleep and Depression: which comes first: the chicken or the egg?

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Experts agree that sleep and depression are linked, but it is unclear how. Poor or not enough sleep can lead to anxiety and depression. And of course, anxiety can make it difficult to fall asleep and to stay asleep. When we don’t sleep well at night, we become tired, sometimes resulting in falling asleep before we’re ready to sleep for the night. Then when it’s time to sleep, we aren’t tired and anxiety and negative thoughts contribute to making it difficult to fall asleep and to stay asleep. And the cycle repeats itself.
We need 7.5- 9 hours of sleep every night. While lack of sleep alone does not cause depression, it is a significant factor and a good indicator that there may be a problem. Whether poor sleep is contributes to depression or depression causes sleep disturbances, it’s agreed that good sleep is important to our health. Understanding the power of sleep and how to combat sleep disturbances will help you stay healthy and can help you fight depression. A really good source of information on sleep and mental health can be found at:
http://www.helpguide.org/articles/sleep/how-much-sleep-do-you-need.htm
http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/need-sleep/whats-in-it-for-you/mood
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Denise, representative of humans of depression

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