Have you wondered about something related to sleep, but just can’t find the answer? Lots of people do, and that’s why we created Ask SleepBetter. You can ask your own question on the SleepBetter Facebook Page, or by using our Ask SleepBetter contact form. We will try to answer as many questions as possible, but we are not able to answer queries about physical issues or medicinal issues. Those should be addressed face-to-face with a physician.
Today’s question is from a Facebook friend who sees things in the morning:
As we always recommend, please discuss this with your doctor as soon as possible. Depression is very much in the news today, and it’s NOT something you should try to treat yourself.
There are plenty of links between sleep deprivation and depression, and researchers have been studying them vigorously over the last handful of years. A quick search for the term “depression” here at SleepBetter.org will show you that it’s a key concern. It is believed that sleep deprivation may cause depression, or at the least cause an existing case of depression to worsen.
To answer your question about sleeping in segments: there are a number of things that could be causing that. Here is a list of possible causes, along with suggested solutions for the problems:
Other possibilities include food and alcohol. Eating too much before bed can make you restless while you sleep. Alcohol, meanwhile, may seem to make you sleepy, but when it wears off it can leave you wide awake.