by David Delaney
Graciella (not her real name) has had sleep problems most of her life. This is not why she came to seek help with me but I discover during our intake that this is a serious problem for her. She has a very difficult time falling asleep, staying asleep, and then finds it very difficult to rise in the morning. Her original concern for why she sought help was anxiety and depression. And now research has demonstrated that there is a direct link between sleep problems and depression!
Depression and sleep disorders now linked…
It is estimated that 50 to 70 million Americans chronically suffer from a disorder of sleep and wakefulness, hindering daily functioning and adversely affecting health and longevity.The cumulative long-term effects of sleep deprivation and sleep disorders have been associated with a wide range of degenerative heath consequences inducing an increased risk of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, hearth attack, and stroke. The Institute of Medicine (IOM), Committee on Sleep Medicine and Research concluded that although clinical activities and scientific opportunities in the field are expanding, awareness among the general public and health care professionals is low, given the magnitude of the burden. 1