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Depression – Circadian Rhythm



Our bodies work on what’s called a circadian rhythm, which is where our bodies are awake during the day when it’s light out and asleep at night when it’s dark. Similarly, when our environment is bright, our body thinks I should be awake, and therefore as you get closer and closer to sleep time, your room should get progressively darker and darker. When a person is suffering from anxiety, oftentimes they’ll have racing thoughts and find it difficult to fall asleep. Conversely, when people are depressed, they’ll want to sleep all day long and spend all the time in their bed. Neither of those situations are ideal for sleep. It’s really important to get a very steady seven to eight hours of sleep daily, depending on your own cycle.

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