January 21, 2007 11:53pm CST
can you resume your sleep after awakening? psychologists say if you can not then its indication of depression
11 Feb 07
Approximately half of adult Americans experience occasional sleep disturbance each year, and between 10% and 15% suffer chronic insomnia. Chronic insomnia is not precisely defined, but generally refers to sleep disturbance three or more nights per week persistently or nightly sleep difficulty for at least 3 to 4 weeks. The criteria for insomnia include: (i) prolonged sleep latency (difficulty falling asleep), (ii) nocturnal awakenings with difficulty returning to sleep, and (iii) inadequate total sleep time. In many instances, insomnia is secondary to or coexistent with an intrinsic sleep disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea, or with a comorbid medical, psychiatric or neurological condition. In some of these cases, daytime symptoms of drowsiness, dozing and napping, and both psychomotor and cognitive impairment may occur. These symptoms, in turn, may result in an increased risk of falls and fractures, poor job performance, and vehicular and industrial accidents. These consequences are less frequently seen in patients with primary insomnia.
22 Jan 07
Depends. If I wake up because I've had a nightmare I can't usually go back to sleep right away. But most of the time I just close my eyes again and fall right back to sleep. I've never heard though that it's an indication of depression if you're unable to fall back asleep. That's an interesting theory. Or is it proven?