I've lost count of the number of times I've written about the link between depression and insomnia.
Now it would appear that if you suffer from both depression and insomnia, tackling your insomnia first can help relieve your symptoms of depression.
In a study financed by the National Institute of Mental Health, participants underwent four sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for insomnia over the course of eight weeks.
Researchers found that 87% of those whose insomnia was cured by the end of the therapy saw their depression symptoms disappear within two months.
The results were the same regardless of whether the participants were given an antidepressant drug or a placebo to go with their cognitive behavioral therapy.
For those whose insomnia didn't go away after the course of CBT, only half saw their depression symptoms improve.
These results confirm previous studies that have found treating insomnia to be an effective way of tackling depression.
This finding is all the more important when you consider that insomnia often precedes the onset of depression, and that more than half of those who suffer from depression also suffer from insomnia.
Last updated: January 10, 2014