Chronic Insomnia Linked to Anxiety and Depression

What keeps you up all night? Does your husband or wife snores? Do your kids stay up half the night? Or maybe you’re worried about a presentation at work. It’s no surprise that you have insomnia.

We all know that insomnia is a sleep disorder in which a person has difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or is waking up too early. This is more common among elderly and women and can also be defined by an overall poor quality of sleep.

This condition is the most commonly reported sleep disorder. About 30 percent of adults have symptoms of insomnia. Less than 10 percent of adults are likely to have chronic insomnia. In a 2007 survey of the National Sleep Foundation, nearly two thirds of women said they got a good night’s sleep only a few nights a week; 29 percent took sleeping pills or other sleep aids regularly. Eighty percent said they don’t slow down when they’re tired.

Most of us have an occasional night of bad sleep. Insomnia usually lasts only a few days and goes away without treatment. However, there are several factors like stress which can cause a higher level of insomnia that may last longer. This type of insomnia may not go away on its own. If left untreated, it can lead to both short and long-term health problems. According to a study published in the July 1st issue of the journal SLEEP, chronic insomnia can increase your risk for developing anxiety disorders and depression.

Dag Neckelmann, MD, PhD, of Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen, Norway conducted this study which was based on data collected from 25,130 adults from two general health surveys. Dr. Neckelmann found significant relations between the longitudinal course of chronic insomnia and the development of depression and anxiety disorders. As compared to the group of participants without chronic insomnia in both surveys, the group with chronic insomnia had greater chances ofdeveloping anxiety disorders and depression.

According to Dr. Neckelmann, chronic insomnia is a state marker of both anxiety disorder and depression. From a clinical point of view, the results of the study revealed that individuals reporting chronic insomnia, in addition to receiving adequate treatment for their sleep disturbance, should be carefully examined for anxiety disorder and depression. He added that focusing on chronic insomnia as a symptom of both anxiety and depression may facilitate the early detection of a mental disorder, as well as the detection of comorbidity. As implied, alleviating chronic insomnia may decrease the risk of developing anxiety disorders.

If you think you might have this condition, or another sleep disorder, there are a few simple steps that you can make to start changing the cycle of despair. Learn how to sleep soundly at night without relying on pills and medication, create relaxing sleep using all-natural methods to eliminate the underlying cause of insomnia and bring back the balance in your system.

Insomnia shouldn’t be ignored. Get rid of it before it worsens your anxiety problems or even affect your overall health. It’s time to wake up alert in the morning, feeling refreshed, and ready to go!

Glenn Seymour (183 Posts)

Partner & Director of Business Development at Stocks Institue for Age Management. I Promote Age Management strategies including hormone optimization, low glycemic index foods and exercise. I have spent my career in the healthcare industry.

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