Getting Insomnia Due To Depression? Here Are Practical Ways To Overcome That


Therapists are very much aware that when they signed up to get certified, they would be dealing with people with long-term conditions. After all, there is no cure for most mental health disorders. The psychologists or psychiatrists can prescribe pills or sedatives, but they can only do so much for a short period. Worse, some drugs often induce withdrawal symptoms. If the patient cannot handle the shaking and other indications, they may have to ask to continue the same prescription. For this reason, it should not be surprising to come across an individual whose existing illness has already comorbid with addiction.

Consider establishing care with a therapist if emotional distress is playing a role in poor sleep. Often, sleep improves over the course of therapy. — Lauren Woolley, PhD

In the patients’ point of view, they will rather risk becoming addicted or paying thousands of dollars for therapy, especially if they have depression. Unlike anxiety, which tends to go away when your source of panic is gone, it does not have an off button. If you are depressed now, you will stay that way until you feel like getting over it. The result is that you may not be able to eat, work, connect to your loved ones, or even sleep.

Yes, depression can cause insomnia. In case you wonder what depressed individuals do when they seem to hide from you, some typically sit on their bed without any light on for hours. They may try to watch a movie or read a book, but it’s as if the images or words are passing their eyes without getting absorbed. Even when they lay their head on a pillow and close their eyes, sleep hardly visits them.  In truth, they can last for a couple of days without sleeping, and it will only happen when their body is too exhausted.


As sad as it may be, therapy is not always the only solution to this issue. From my experience, trying things on my own helped more than the treatments I had. I’m not saying you should self-medicate, but if you want to overcome depression without spending on more than diagnosis, you should have a go at these practical tips.

Detoxify Yourself

The reality is that having a lot of projects, relationship issues, and jealous friends can be bad for you. You can’t do anything; you think of what you want to say to them even if you can’t. If they depress you too much, you may detoxify by taking a break and going to a place where you can’t see them for a while. This way, you can refresh your mind and think of what to do next.

Your brain eventually associates these things with winding down and going to sleep. Having a regular routine can make it easier for you to feel tired and ready for sleep at bedtime. — Megan MacCutcheon, LPC

Free Your Emotions

The individuals who are too timid to open up about how they feel are more prone to falling into depression than others. You do not have to talk to people about it if you are not ready for that yet. However, you need to find an outlet for your emotions if you want to get over your depression, as well as insomnia in the process.

For instance, you can try writing in a journal every day. Any good or awful thing that has happened to you today should be written there. In case you are looking for more action than that, you are free to throw your plates against a wall or go up the mountains to yell at the top of your lungs. What matters is that you let go of every heartache with each word you write, every kitchenware you break, and each step you take up the mountains.


Join Organizations

Busying yourself with thinking about what could’ve gone wrong with your relationship or your career is not the best way to spend your day if you want to get better. Join pro-animal groups or charitable institutions where you do something good not only for your self but also for the other people (or animals) that might need your help.

Ride A Bike

I don’t know how to ride a bike, but a friend told me that whenever he has a serious problem that he can’t immediately resolve, he pedals his bike for as long as his arms and legs can take. He will only stop when a solution forms in his mind because according to him, riding a bike balances not only his body but also his mental and emotional disposition. If you’re worried over something, try doing the same thing that my friend did.

Researchers at Japan’s Tokyo Medical University investigated the influence of nightmares on depression, both independently and in conjunction with insomnia. They found the presence of nightmares associated with aggravating effects on depression. — Michael J Breus Ph.D.

Final Thoughts

Dealing with depression and insomnia cannot seem easy, especially if the former is the cause of the latter. Hence, to make things easier for yourself, you should try the tips mentioned above to overcome depression first. You’ll see, once the disorder doesn’t bother you too much, you will be able to sleep better.

Good luck!