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Get rid of your insomnia before trying to tackle your depression

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.

Source: WebMD

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Last updated: January 10, 2014

This Article Was Written By

Martin Reed

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  • Molli
    September 2, 2016, 6:43 am

    Thanks so much Martin for these emails. I’vehad 3 nights of decent sleep! Not in a row, but who cares!

  • kathy Fargnoli
    May 3, 2014, 6:03 pm

    I have only taken it three times. I probably will not take again.
    Again, thank you!

  • kathy Fargnoli
    May 3, 2014, 5:43 pm

    Thank you Martin. Do you think I should stop taking the xanex so I do not become dependent on them? I am excited about your sleep training course but I wonder if taking chemicals will affect my results? I do take Unisom/ Benadryl sometimes but I do not consider these harmful. Again god bless you for all you do. I hope you know how much your website has helped me just knowing I am not alone.

    • Martin Reed
      May 3, 2014, 5:59 pm

      Don’t change your medication regimen without talking to your doctor first. You may want to discuss a ‘tapering off’ plan when you next speak to your doctor.

  • kathy Fargnoli
    May 3, 2014, 5:10 pm

    My name is Kathy and I love your website. I believe I have some sleepless nights due to hormonal imbalances. i focus on it and it gets me down and feeling very alone.
    I conquered this before understanding it is mostly in your mind. I changed my diet and started to exercise. In the last few weeks I have had a stressful time and it creeped up again. I am so focused on it and of course messing with my sleep cycle.
    My doctor gave me xanex. I hate it. It has helped me sleep but I do not want to take any chemicals! sleep is a beautiful thing. It is nice to know I am not alone. I feel life comes in cycles and this too shall pass.

    • Martin Reed
      May 3, 2014, 5:25 pm

      Hello Kathy. Thanks for your kind words about Insomnia Land. Your comments about Xanax aren’t wholly surprising – and you definitely aren’t alone! I’ve put you on the sleep training course (no waiting required) – so check your inbox, and please keep in touch!