Four Questions to Ask When Feeling Down - Part 1

May 22, 2015, 12:00 am

Have I Been Getting Enough Sleep?

I want to take the next four weeks to talk to you about depression. Most of us are going to feel depressed at some point in their lives. For some of us it may be a short term bout of sadness that is in response to some sort of loss in our life. For others, depression may be something that has been an ongoing part of their life for as long as they can remember.

There a number of ways to describe what depression feels like. Some people will say that they feel nothing at all, or feel a kind of numbness going on inside of their heads. Others may describe depression as feeling anxious.  One person told me they know they are depressed when they have a negative attitude about life. The feeling most often associated with depression is tiredness. Along with being tired is a lack of energy, or a constant feeling of fatigue.

Whenever the symptoms of depression are present, it is important to question how much sleep we have been getting. The first question I ask someone who tells me they are depressed is what has your sleep pattern been like? Quite often they will comment that they haven’t been sleeping very much. Studies have shown that people with insomnia will often suffer with depression. Lack of sleep may also be a result of not making enough time to sleep due to staying out late or having too much to do.

Many of you reading this blog work a lot of hours this time of year. The other day I was talking to a guy who said he had worked almost eighty hours the previous week. Eighty hours is probably quite the norm for a lot of our people during the spring, summer, and fall. When we work such long hours, it is difficult to keep up with the home and family obligations, so we end up sacrificing sleep. We can do this for a short time but then we get to a point where we feel tired all the time. Chronic tiredness can lead to depression.  Perhaps it has been hard for you to sleep lately. It may be that you lie awake worrying about life. Perhaps you are going to bed late and getting up early. You need to sleep to get enough sleep. If worry is keeping you up, call me and let’s work through it. If you are not finding enough time, then you need to block out time for sleep. We cannot run on depleted sleep for very long. Feeling rested energizes us.

If you have any questions about this article, feel free to contact me at

231-218-1042.  Talk to you next week.





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