Even one night of poor sleep can have a dramatic impact on a person’s mood, so you can imagine, then, the impact that several nights, weeks, months, or years might have! Quality of sleep is closely tied to depression, so much so that the connection between the two is something of a chicken-and-the-egg debate.
Below are 5 signs that your depression might be caused by—or, at least, worsened by—poor sleep hygiene:
1. Your sleep is interrupted by daily stressors. If you are being constantly awoken by anxieties that you just can’t seem to shake during the day, you may be suffering from sleep depression.
2. Regulating emotions has become increasingly difficult. Poor sleep has a negative impact on our ability to control our anger, sadness, frustration, and other maladaptive emotions.
3. You’re anxious about not being able to sleep. Depressed people often find themselves in a cycle of feeling stressed about not getting enough sleep, and not getting enough sleep because they are too stressed.
4. You suffer from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea disrupts the body’s natural sleep rhythm, resulting in feelings of fatigue during the day.
5. You’re not sure why your depression is getting worse. A good night’s sleep helps the body and brain recover and repair themselves. If you’re not sleeping well, you’re not giving your brain a chance to reset, which can cause the symptoms of depression to worsen.
There are a number of ways to improve the quality of your sleep. You can set and adhere to a stricter schedule, going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. You can try to avoid large meals too close to bedtime, and limit caffeine, nicotine and alcohol consumption. Additionally, experts recommend regular daily exercise, and setting up your sleep environment to be as conducive as possible for relaxation and comfort.
However, even if you are able to achieve better sleep as a result of these simple lifestyle changes, it may not impact your depression enough. That’s where ketamine comes in.
Ketamine therapy is proven to alleviate the symptoms of depression in up to 70% of patients, oftentimes delivering relief within just 1-2 infusions. Furthermore, ketamine is known to reset circadian rhythms, which can help promote a more restful sleep. If you would like to learn more about ketamine for depression, please contact us using the brief form below. We would be happy to help you determine if ketamine is right for you.
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Our clinical team is here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and help you determine what type of treatment or path forward is most beneficial to you. If you or someone you love is struggling with depression or anxiety, contact our office today so that we may answer any questions you may have about ketamine infusion therapy.