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Is lack of sleep making you depressed?
You might find that if you are having trouble getting to sleep that your mood will also suffer. Not getting enough sleep not only leaves you feeling incredibly tired, weak and listless, it can also make you irritable and low.
There is a strong link between depression and sleep deprivation, meaning that if you aren't feeling your usual chipper self and you aren't sleeping, they could be related. While this can make it seem like you have more to deal with, it often means that dealing with one problem will solve them both.
It can be hard to know whether your lack of sleep or the dip in your mood came first, as lack of sleep can impact mood but changes in how you feel can also affect the quality and quantity of sleep you get. There are things that you can do to try and deal with both these issues and leave you feeling happier and better rested.
There are a few different natural remedies that can help with both lack of sleep and depression. This can mean you end up killing two birds with one stone.
Valerian is often used as a natural remedy for sleeping problems and to reduce stress and anxiety, which can often cause depression and lack of sleep. Many people find that it helps them to fall asleep faster and ensures that they have a more restful night.
You are able to get valerian in tablet form - which is often mixed with hops and passionflower to help increase the sedative effect - or in tea bags. It is best to take around an hour before bed.
Chamomile is also used as a mild and natural sedative and seems to be wider known than valerian. It helps to calm your mind, allowing you to drift off to sleep easier. It is also good during periods of stress in order to reduce anxiety.
As with valerian, you can take it in tablet or tea form, either of which should be taken in the hour before you go to bed. If you don't like the taste of chamomile tea, try adding honey, lemon juice or vanilla to make it more drinkable.
Researchers at Harvard Medical School actually found that yoga can be beneficial when it comes to relaxing you before bed, allowing you to drift off easily and enjoy a peaceful night's sleep.
Not only is yoga beneficial for improving flexibility, physical strength and mental focus, it can help to relax both body and mind by relieving tension. There are several different exercises you can do before bed to help get you ready to go to sleep, so it is worth trying a few poses over the course of a week or so to see if you find them beneficial.
Take time to yourself
Sometimes all you need is a bit of time to yourself so you can relax and forget your worries. Taking some time before you head to bed to have a bath, read a book, watch TV or go for a walk can help you to forget about the general stresses of the day, relax your body and soothe your mind. This means you'll be more likely to drift off easily and your mood is likely to improve.
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