In the spirit of "feed a cold, starve a fever," or, "feed a fever, starve a cold," new findings are recommending, "treat insomnia, cure depression." No longer, "treat depression, cure insomnia," the new emphasis is on treating the sleep problems.
Which came first: the chicken or the egg, or in this case, the insomnia or the depression?
Nearly everyone has had the feeling. “All I want to do is sleep.” It’s sometimes brought about by sheer physical exhaustion, but it’s often brought on by a sense of being emotionally overwhelmed. In the event that you don’t want to get out of bed, cannot get out of bed, and there’s no physical problem, then it might be time to consider depression.
Depression and sleep are frequent bed partners. According to government numbers, more than half of those suffering from intense depression also have insomnia. A new study out from a team at Ryerson University of Toronto has revealed that by treating insomnia first, the depression may also disappear. By participating in four bi-weekly talk therapy sessions, patients’ depression symptoms were greatly relieved after eight weeks of treatment. Some patients also employed antidepressants while others only received placebos. The compelling news suggests that an insomniac rolling around in bed, too down to get up and function but also too down to sleep, may treat the sleep problem and therefore, greatly ameliorate the psychological one.
Good sleep. It’s the root of all wellness. Insomnia? Well it just might be the root of much if not all physiological evil.