A common symptom of depression

Sleep problems are a common symptom of depression. In fact, up to 80% of people with depression experience some type of sleep disturbance. The most common sleep problems seen in depression include:

Insomnia: This is characterized by difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up early in the morning.

Hypersomnia: This is characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness.

Early morning awakening: This is waking up 2-3 hours earlier than usual and being unable to fall back asleep.

Disrupted sleep continuity: This is characterized by frequent awakenings during the night.

Reduced Restorative Sleep: Decrease in the quality of N3 or slow wave sleep.

REM sleep disturbance: This is characterized by a shortened REM sleep latency (the time it takes to enter REM sleep) and an increased amount of REM sleep.