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Sleeping Better with Depression - If You Can’t Fall Asleep or Stay Asleep

Despite your best efforts to establish a relaxing routine and create a comfortable environment for sleep, there will be times when it will be hard to fall asleep or stay asleep. Here are a few techniques to try when your sleep is interrupted:

  • Get out of bed, go to another room and do a quiet – or even a boring – activity until you begin to feel very sleepy, then return to bed
  • Try a relaxation technique to target and reduce tensions, either psychological or physical that might be inhibiting your ability to sleep well. One example is progressive muscle relaxation, which addresses muscle tension.
  • To relieve psychological tension, meditation and imagery training may be helpful.
  • If your sleeping troubles are persistent or are caused by physical pain, if you frequently feel anxious at night, or if you are having bad dreams or nightmares, speak with your doctor.



Article Comments

  • "I find it impossible to sleep when my depression kicks in. My mind goes into overdrive the more I try to relax. I end up going to work on a couple of hours sleep"
  • - Helen29 (24th of April 2016, 08:26:47 AM)
  • "Hi Helen29 i can understand i can't remember when i hada full and unbroken nights sleep hope things improve for you soon"
  • - Tryingsohard (26th of April 2016, 08:38:44 PM)
  • "i sleep constaantly and find it hard to even get out of bed all day"
  • - sweetminx66 (28th of April 2016, 01:10:14 PM)
  • "i sleep well"
  • - ninahastings8 (29th of April 2016, 02:03:52 PM)
  • "I haven't had a good nights sleep in almost nine years now. I am so tired. I fall asleep quickly then wake up 3-4 hours later and can't get back to sleep."
  • - Nirtino (8th of May 2016, 06:45:43 AM)

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