Insomnia And Major Depression: Which One Do You Treat First?

Insomnia vs depression:  which one came first? It’s the never ending chicken and egg dilemma; are you suffering from insomnia because you’re depressed or are you depressed because you’re not getting enough sleep? The short answer is both, but in reality the connection between sleep and mental health goes deeper than originally thought.

While it is known that symptoms of both conditions often overlap, it is also known that one condition often puts you at a higher risk of acquiring the other. Depression is a brain illnessand as such it affects brain functions, including the sleep-wake cycle. Once our biologic clock has been disturbed, our sleeping patterns become irregular and make it harder to sleep or remain asleep. This is how the dreaded vicious cycle is initiated. Insomnia is said to occur in 50-90% of patients with major depressive disorder.

According to a study treating persistent insomnia with talk therapy at the same time as depression could double the chances that the mood disorder will disappear

Treating your depression

Treating your depression with antidepressant medication could also be causing your insomnia. All approved antidepressants work through modulation of monoamine neurotransmitters which have been shown to disturb sleeping patterns. If you suspect antidepressant side effects are behind your insomnia, talk to your doctor, they could either change your medication or the time you take it.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy Treating your insomnia

Learn if insomnia could be the reason behind your depression. People suffering from insomnia often go for sleeping pills
as their first line of attack. Sleeping pills will generally give you some relief but unfortunately the quality of sleep will
decline as long as the underlying depression is not fully treated.  Eventually sleep medications will stop working all

A study done by a research team from Ryerson University in Toronto found that depression lifted significantly among patients whose insomnia was cured. Insomnia treatment consisted of four talk therapy sessions over eight weeks. A recent article in the New York Times discusses how treating insomnia in patients with depression could double their
chances of a full recovery. More studies need to be concluded but according to one of the doctors involved in the study
t can lead to major changes in treatment.

According to WebMD, when depressed people suffer from insomnia, their risk of recurring depression is greater than that of patients who don’t have insomnia. Insomnia can be a trigger for depression, but it can also perpetuate it.recovery from depression. 

Is depression exacerbating your insomnia or is the lack of sleep triggering your depression? Dont let Sleeping Problems stop you from getting the best out of your life.

Sleep improvement

Whether you simply can’t sleep or you wake up several times throughout the night, sleep problems can truly upset your daily activities. Without proper rest, other sorts of problems arise, whether they be work-related or personal. A tired person is not a functioning person.
  • How Hypnosis Can Help
  • Reduce stress
  • Learn to relax
  • Overcome excessive worry
  • Improve daytime energy
  • Overcome sleeping-pill dependence

Techniques Used

Practical advice on strategies to improve sleep quality, combined with specific hypnotic relaxation techniques to eliminate worry and reduce stress can successfully resolve sleep problems.

I look forward to helping you find the solution to your problems.


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Hayley Kiemel
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Practice One : Malham  Drive Whitefield
Practice Two:  Precious Health Therapy Hale

*Hypnotherapy is effective however results may vary and success is not guaranteed. Full client commitment is important.