Myths about Insomnia and Depression

Myth: Insomnia is the cause of my bad mood; all I need is a good night’s sleep.

Fact: Insomnia, which includes trouble falling asleep and waking up too early, affects many aspects of your daily life. Often, because lack of sleep is the predominant difficulty that people notice, some do not recognize accompanying feelings of emptiness and flatness. However, in many cases, insomnia can be caused by mood changes. Using sleep aids is standard practice for treating insomnia, but will only mask symptoms if the insomnia is secondary to another disorder. Talk to your physician about your sleep patterns.