Depressed people are the most prone to insomnia. In 2011, it was estimated that 90% of depressed people have trouble sleeping. That means 8 out of 10 are dealing with underlying issues of anxiety, despair, and fear which keep them awake at night. And we all know how mood is affected when you can't sleep well.
So here are a few tips for a good night's sleep when you are dealing with depression:
- Set up a worry time.
Try to do this before you go to bed, as it will act like a release valve for your mind and condition your thoughts to settle down. If you wake up in the middle of the night, or toss and turn, remind yourself that tomorrow 'worry time' will be there for you to go over everything.
- Don't label yourself.
- Learn to relax.
- Create a sleep environment.
- Develop bedtime rituals.
These tips for battling depression may not work for everyone. Don't get upset with yourself if you continue to think at night. See your doctor or medical professional for help. There are all sorts of sleep aids such as different medications, relaxation and sleep CDs, aromatherapy in lotions and sprays.
Terezia Farkas. International Bestselling Author, Huffington Post/ CNN contributor, columnist of Depression Help. Focus is mental health. Her bestseller Heart of Love Evolution – Surviving Depression is available on Amazon. Website: www.tereziafarkas.com Follow on Twitter.