Though there are many causes of insomnia, depression still remains the key contributor, latest findings indicate.
According to the recent publication by WebMD online magazine, depression is to be blamed for the rising cases of insomnia. Statistics show that more and more people are not getting sufficient sleep or lack sleep because they are depressed, and this is affecting both the young and the old.
Insomnia, which simply means lack of sleep or inability to remain asleep for the recommended period, is one of the many sleep disorders that affect the modern society. Other factors include anxiety, mental disorder, drug addiction and more. However, it is the leading cause and currently affects 1 in 3 adults in America.
An adult needs between 7 and 9 hours of night sleep everyday to remain healthy and fit. Sleep also helps the body systems to recover from fatigue and rejuvenate, and this is why a person feels more relaxed and refreshed after a good night sleep. But despite the advice from medical professionals and other experts, many people are still not sleeping enough.
Data from the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) shows that on an average, a mature adult in the US sleeps for a maximum of 6.9 hours every day, and this is less than the recommended minimum which is 7 hours. Add depression to this equation and we see why we are living in a society that is affected by insomnia so much.
Statistically, women are more affected than men and this is partly blamed on their biological aspect, especially when they go through hormonal changes after menopause. Both insomnia and depression increase as a person matures, and experts say that factors such as weakened body systems, hormonal changes, neglect and isolation contribute to this.
The worrying bit is that when faced with depression or anxiety, many people tend to ignore this or opt to self-medicate themselves. Though this might provide short-term relief, it can get worse over time and may lead to clinical depression which is symbolized by being overwhelmed with guilt, sadness, hopelessness or worthlessness. In worst case scenarios, the mind of the affected person may go into overdrive and feel out of control leading to extreme fear and lots of anxiety.
Although insomnia may not necessary be caused by depression, there are high chances that it is the main contributing factor. Rather than taking sleeping pills without a prescription, a person who rarely sleeps for long should seek medical assistance as soon as possible. This also applies to those who sleep for more than the recommended hours.