Today I want to examine a very serious side effect of not sleeping properly. A condition that will affect all aspects your life- your work, your activities, your daily mood- DEPRESSION.
A Lack of sleep can produce an increased amount of stress hormones creating a body that is always in a "hyper" state. A lack of sleep can bring on depression and vice versa. A Study published in the Journal Sleep (July 1st 2007) showed that a chronic lack of sleep increases an individual chances for developing anxiety disorders and depression.
This study was conducted by Dr Dag Neckelmann, PhD, of Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen, Norway. It was based on data collected from 25,130 adults from two general health surveys. One group of patients who were classified as insomniacs and another that were healthy sleepers. Dr. Neckelmann found that the group with chronic lack of sleep had increased associations to having developed anxiety disorders and depression.
A lack of sleep or insomnia can lead to vicious cycle of depression that will affect all aspects of your life.