How Psychiatry Services can Help With Common Sleep Disorders

There’s a definite link between depression and sleep. A lack of restful slumber can trigger depression and vice versa. It’s important for individuals to understand that connection.

Fragmented Sleep

People experiencing depression often have difficulty falling asleep at night and staying asleep. Fragmented sleep leads to fatigue and reduced cognitive function. Individuals with depression often find themselves sleeping longer and with low energy levels.

Signs and Symptoms

Depression has some distinct signs and symptoms that can include:

  • Low energy
  • Sad, helpless or hopeless feelings
  • Trouble with concentration and memory
  • Thoughts of suicide or death

If thoughts of suicide or death are preset, individuals should contact their mental health professional. If they don’t have one, they should contact their regular physician.

Take it Seriously

Everyone experiences sleep disruptions occasionally, but it’s a problem when it becomes chronic. What many don’t know is that sleep problems can result in depression months or years later. Sleep problems should always be taken seriously. Not sleeping well due to money concerns, employment problems, and family relationships is common. The issues usually resolve themselves and restorative sleep returns.

Other Causes

It’s essential for people to alert their physician if they regularly have trouble falling or staying asleep, feel tired throughout the day, or have pain and discomfort. The cause of disrupted slumber could be insomnia or sleep apnea. There are treatments for the conditions that can help individuals get a good night’s sleep and reduce the risk of depression. Those with sleep apnea are at a 5 times higher risk for depression.


Don’t assume that obtaining treatment for one condition will automatically “cure” the other. Medications are available to improve mood, but they might not help address depression. Sleep disturbances can occur without depression. Cognitive behavioral therapy may assist with insomnia. Seeking the help of a mental health professional can be the first step on a journey to lessening depression and gaining better sleep.

Southcoast Psychiatric Services

Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, feelings of hopelessness, relationship problems, or other pressures of life? Don’t suffer in silence. The doctors and therapists of Southcoast Psychiatric Services can help. Caring, compassionate, and completely confidential, our services are provided by highly-experienced, licensed, and board-certified healthcare professionals, dedicated to improving your health and wellness.

Whether you require medical treatment, counseling/psychotherapy, or both, we are happy to offer the best care available – at your convenience.

Call us anytime @ (561) 241-6628 Because you don’t have to suffer in silence.