We all know sleep is important for energy, concentration, and motivation – especially when building a business. Unfortunately, quality sleep can sometimes be hit or miss for those of us living with depression. Sometimes we sleep too much, sometimes we sleep too little (or not at all), but a lot of the time, we're left tired and unenthusiastic about the day ahead of us. What's up with that?
Turns out, a lot is up with it. Not only does depression cause poor sleep, but poor sleep can worsen depressive symptoms. Read on to discover how sleep and depression screw with each other (and be sure to check out my next post on Tuesday to find out what to do about it!)
Depression’s Effect on Sleep
As you’ve probably guessed (and experienced) by now, depression can really mess with sleeping patterns. While it’s a bit of a chicken and the egg scenario in regard to which causes which, there are high correlations between depression and insomnia (inability to sleep) and depression and hypersomnia (sleeping too much). (Source: National Sleep Foundation)
So why does depression make it so difficult for us to sleep normally? While there are lots of physiological factors at play that are unique to each of us (think medications, medical history, genetics, etc.) here are a few common culprits:
Lack of sleep also has some profound effects on our health and our moods. Some consequences of poor sleep include:
So now we know that sleep is super-duper important – not just for your mental health but for the healthy growth of your business – but what the heck can you do to get better sleep? Find out in this blog post jam-packed with valuable healthy sleep tips!
And in the meantime, grab your copy of Sleep Tonight, Slay Tomorrow: The Ultimate Sleep Kit for Women Entrepreneurs with Depression below!