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How can depression interfere with sleep?
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In brief: Many ways
Depression can interfere with sleep onset, and sleep maintenance.
You may not get enough sleep or may get too much sleep. Your sleep may not be a restful sleep, .

In brief: Many ways
Depression can interfere with sleep onset, and sleep maintenance.
You may not get enough sleep or may get too much sleep. Your sleep may not be a restful sleep, .
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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Dr. Horacio Capote
In fact, sleep disturbance is a symptom of depression.
Ben Ferguson
Surgery
6 doctors agree
In brief: Several ways.
Depression can be associated with insomnia (taking a long time to fall asleep, waking in the middle of the night, and/or early morning waking), increased need for sleep, and/or decreased time to get into the rem stage of sleep.
Sleep disorders are common in depression and proper therapy by your physician can often help one return to normal sleep and combat the depression at the same time.

In brief: Several ways.
Depression can be associated with insomnia (taking a long time to fall asleep, waking in the middle of the night, and/or early morning waking), increased need for sleep, and/or decreased time to get into the rem stage of sleep.
Sleep disorders are common in depression and proper therapy by your physician can often help one return to normal sleep and combat the depression at the same time.
Ben Ferguson
Ben Ferguson
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: It's all biology.
The illness called major depression is a brain disorder. In a brain disorder, by definition, things are not normal.
Depression also causes changes in appetite and in energy, which again, are physical symptoms of a physical illness which happens to occurr in the organ called the brain.

In brief: It's all biology.
The illness called major depression is a brain disorder. In a brain disorder, by definition, things are not normal.
Depression also causes changes in appetite and in energy, which again, are physical symptoms of a physical illness which happens to occurr in the organ called the brain.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
In brief: Depression/insomnia
Major depression can show hypersomnia (excess sleep) or insomnia (poor sleep, either can't fall asleep or stay asleep).

In brief: Depression/insomnia
Major depression can show hypersomnia (excess sleep) or insomnia (poor sleep, either can't fall asleep or stay asleep).
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Richard Levenson
Clinical Psychology
In brief: Depression
People with depression have a hard time staying asleep and may wake up with their minds racing and find it impossible to return to sleep.
Medications are very effective in helping one achieve normality of their sleep cycle.

In brief: Depression
People with depression have a hard time staying asleep and may wake up with their minds racing and find it impossible to return to sleep.
Medications are very effective in helping one achieve normality of their sleep cycle.
Dr. Richard Levenson
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Dr. Alan Ali
Can be Insomnia, initial or terminal, or Hypersomnia.
Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
In brief: Depression & Sleep
In depression with insomnia, there is imbalance between 2 chemicals in brain, serotonin & adrenaline.
Serotonin goes down & adrenaline goes up. That is theorized to cause insomnia.

In brief: Depression & Sleep
In depression with insomnia, there is imbalance between 2 chemicals in brain, serotonin & adrenaline.
Serotonin goes down & adrenaline goes up. That is theorized to cause insomnia.
Dr. Alan Ali
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