Depression is one of those mental health diseases that can co-occur with addiction. How you take care of your sleeping habits can greatly impact your mental health and even safeguard you from depression.
Find out how your sleeping habits may be fueling your depression.
Our Human Body Clock
We all have a body clock. This is our internal biological clock, which controls the timing of our activities on a daily basis. This includes our body’s cycles and circadian rhythms, even fertility and ovulation for women. The body’s master clock contains over 20,000 neurons in the brain and communicates non-stop to the rest of your body.
The body clock has many functions, which includes:
- mental alertness or wakefulness
- bowel movement
- sleeping patterns
- cell regeneration
- brain wave activity
If your body clock is disrupted, either by internal or external functions, this can cause an imbalance in your body, on top of other problems.
The most common disruptors of your body clock includes:
1. Devices. There have been many studies that have shown that devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops, when used before bedtime, can contribute to poor sleep. So can television. They have powerful lights that are similar to daytime lights, thereby messing with your mind so that it believes it’s still daytime.
2. Substance abuse. Drug and alcohol use, even more so abuse, can disrupt the normal functions of your brain and body. It also significantly affects your circadian rhythm, both in the short and long term. It contributes not just to depression, but also the development of addiction.
3. Shift work. Working night times can greatly impact your sleeping patterns, and this can cause a snowball effect on the rest of your body’s functions.
4. Age. As you age, your biological clock also changes. This can cause changes in sleep patterns and eating habits, as well as mood changes.
5. Jet lag. This will take your body a while getting used to a new time zone.
It’s still unclear whether body clock disruptions and changes in your sleeping patterns contribute to depression or vise versa. Nevertheless, depression and substance abuse also pose a dangerous risk. Therefore, if you want to set your sleeping patterns right, might as well take a step back on your habits and make the necessary changes to get your body clock back on track.
Meanwhile for help with treating depression along with substance addiction, you may call our helpline at 09175098826.