Symptoms of Depression: Sleep Changes

September 5, 2022

Symptoms of Depression

sleep changes

by Jamal Ross

Major depression is one of the most common psychologic conditions worldwide. The symptoms of major depression include: depressed mood, anhedonia, changes to eating habits, weight, sleep, energy level and concentration. Today, let us find out more the symptom poor sleep. More important, we will discover what the bible says about our rest.

The DSM 5 notes that changes in sleep patterns are a characteristic of major depression. One can either sleep too much or not enough. While sleep may provide an escape from persistent thoughts of our present reality, at other time recurrent thoughts of painful memories and past experiences can keep us awake at night. Even when those with depression have adequate sleep, they may not feel rested. They may find themselves staying up all night or falling back to sleep upon awakening in the morning. Those with depression may feel as though they do not want to arise out the bed. Additionally, poor sleep can affect our thought patterns, resulting in poor concentration. Even when sleep is adequate, poor concentration can be a symptom of depression as well. Someone may complain of memory difficulties, trouble making decisions or focusing on tasks.

God has given you strength to face your reality and peace in the midst of you troubles. Whether sleeping too much or not enough, you will be rested, strengthened, and encouraged as you remember “God gives rest to those He loves” (Psalm 127:2 NLT). There is no need to fear or worry about tomorrow. Remember what Jesus has told us in the book of Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

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Jamal Ross

Dr. Jamal Ross is an internist and pediatrician who possesses a passion for prayer and preventative medicine. He has worked in the fields of primary care and hospital medicine.

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