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What measures would help a patient with depression overcome insomnia?

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Published At October 9, 2022
Reviewed AtNovember 29, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am feeling depressed as I am unable to sleep at night. I try to sleep on time but find it difficult to fall asleep for the next two to three hours. Sometimes I do not have any trouble. I go to bed early as I do not sleep in the afternoon. I do not have any sleeping disorders. I am facing this issue due to depression. Please help.

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

As per your description of the problem, you seem to suffer from depression. In depression, people have sleep disturbances. So it would be better if you seek treatment for depressive illness. Meanwhile, I suggest you try the following sleep hygiene measures:

  1. Use your bed only for sleeping.
  2. Do not drink cola, coffee, and tea after 6 PM.
  3. Wake up at the same time every day.
  4. If you cannot sleep, do not keep tossing and turning in bed. Get up, have a walk, and return to bed when you feel sleepy.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Vandana Patidar
Dr. Vandana Patidar

Psychiatry

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