Can depression cause fatigue?
- Jennifer Baxt, LMHC,LMFT, NCC, DCC
Any doctor will say that enough sleep is necessary in order to be energized enough to function properly throughout the day. Without enough sleep, a person can have difficulty completing their work, getting out of bed, remaining alert and preparing proper meals. The lack of sleep not only affects a persons productivity at work and their habits, it also affects their mind and their alertness. Sleep is when the body has the chance to heal and rest itself from the previous days stresses and activities. When the body does not get enough sleep, it has been unable to recuperate. Over time, the mind becomes more affected and insomnia can result from enough sleep deprivation.
It is recommended that a grown person needs between seven and nine hours of sleep in order to get the amount of sleep they need. This will help to make a person more alert and productive during the day. Ensuring that a person gets enough sleep also helps to ward off depression. There are many cases where depression is caused by extreme exhaustion, resulting from insomnia or sleep deprivation. There are many reasons why a person may not be able to get the sleep that they need, but the resulting toll can be hard on the body and mind. Lack of sleep often causes more stress on the physical body and can increase the chances of heart problems or other health problems. The stress on the mind can also cause problems in the form of increased anxiety, increased sudden mood changes and depression. Depression is a relatively common result of sleep deprivation. Lack of sleep can cause a person to become more emotional, have difficulty in thinking rationally and can make a person more irritable; it can also make it more difficult for the person to let things go that would not normally bother them.
Insomnia or difficulty sleeping is not normal. Having difficulty in getting enough sleep usually means that there is something getting in the way of getting the sleep they need. It could be that the person is not getting the right foods, exercise or time off, but it could also be a result of issues from the past that need to be dealt with. If there might be issues getting in the way of sleep, it might be best to get into contact with a therapist or counselor. This can easily be done over the internet from the comfort of the home. For many people, this is a more comfortable way to get help because it gives more guarantees that their contact with an online therapist or counselor will be confidential. Online therapy can be quite effective and many patients who have participated in it have been successfully treated. It is actually quite simple and certainly more convenient because the patient doesnt have to take the time and effort to go to the clinic. The online counselor can help the patient work through their depression. They can help the patient sort out the issues that are preventing them from getting the sleep they need, which can help them get out of their depression.