Depression and sleep
People don’t understand depression and people don’t understand different sleep habits.
Depression can lead to sleeplessness and sleeplessness can lead to depression. And depression can cause someone to have a ridiculous amount of sleep.
If you know someone close to you is suffering depression, it doesn’t help your sleep habits – due to worry and stress and the dynamics of the relationship changing.
Depression takes time to correct and changing sleep habits also takes time.
We don’t make good decisions when we are suffering from depression and likewise when we are sleep deprived our decision making suffers.
We excuse behaviours when people are depressed or sleep deprived? However, how far do we excuse the behaviour? I guess for as long as the person is trying to help his or herself.
We often hear marriages or relationships break down due to depression. It would sound weird if we heard a marriage broke down due to sleep deprivation or sleep excess! Nevertheless, the truth is sleep issues definitely play a massive part in depression.
My marriage ended in divorce. My ex-husband suffered severe depression and due to his medication he slept, if not constantly – a lot. So he slept and this was his relief. And obviously when you are very depressed medication plays a part in who you are. The problem for some is they ask themselves – is this still the person and I believe yes it is. Depression cannot be an excuse to continue to fail and not work harder. Of course it is hard and there will be dark days, weeks and months and continuously. However, when this person has a green light, even a slight one, they know they must fight and people who love them know this too. I think people who stay depressed for a very long time, for one reason or another, are not actually depressed, but they are a depressive person. (I am not sure if this message is clear – but one thing is true – depression and sleep <too much or too little> are related!!!)