There is definitely a connection between sleep problems—particularly insomnia—and depression.We frequently find insomnia in patients diagnosed with clinical depression; in fact, sleep disturbance is one of the core symptoms of clinical depression.However, people with insomnia are more likely to develop depressive and anxiety disorders.People with depression often have severe sleep disturbance, and they respond more slowly to treatment than other patients with sleep disorders.
Concerns about tolerance, dependence, and abuse with Benzodiazepine receptor agonist (Bz RA) use have led to an increase in off-label use of sedating antidepressants to treat insomnia — although these concerns are highly exaggerated and, in many cases, unfounded. There is a lack of efficacy data on their success in treating insomnia, and these antidepressants have various side effects that are often more substantial than those observed with hypnotics.
Antidepressants include: The over-the-counter hormone melatonin also is sometimes recommended for insomnia or sleep disrupted by depression.
A prescription drug called Rozerem (ramelteon) binds to the same brain receptor as melatonin and is another medication strategy for treating insomnia.
If you have thoughts of suicide, you should seek counseling immediately. -- If you frequently find yourself waking up drenched in perspiration, it’s likely that you suffer from night sweats.
Also known as sleep hyperhidrosis, this condition involves repeated episodes of extreme sweating that can leave your sheets drenched. You may have had the experience of feeling like you can’t move during a dream, but if this has happened while you’re in the process of falling asleep or waking up, this experience has a name: sleep paralysis.