A lot of things can affect your body’s natural rhythm and sleep patterns, and certain kinds of sleeping disorders can make a mood disorder worse. If you suffer from insomnia you know that it is hard to obtain normal sleep and it can impair your daytime functioning. This could mean that you are either sleeping too little or have a problem falling asleep or that you keep waking during the night.
If you are dealing with insomnia, then this may mean that you wake up early and can’t get back to sleep. If you suffer from depression, then many of the depression symptoms of sadness, worthlessness, hopelessness or guilt contribute to sleep interruption.
Here are a few descriptions of sleep disorders that may help you define your particular situation.
Irregular Sleep and Wake Schedule
One sleep disorder that is quite rare is a Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder. It is usually known as having a lot of naps in the day and sleeping irregular from day to day. If you suffer from this disorder then you probably have poor quality of sleep and may feel tired all the time.
REM Sleep Abnormalities
REM sleep abnormalities are known by doctors to be associated with psychiatric disorders, and can include depression, forms of schizophrenia, post traumatic stress disorders, and some others associated with psychosis.
Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome
This is a common circadian-rhythm sleep disorder that gives you insomnia and then leaves you feeling very tired during the day. It is due to a short circuit in your biological clock, so the 24 hours in a day can cause this sleep disorder. It usually occurs when you suffer from mild or major depression. Also, some bipolar medications are known to interfere with the sleep-wake cycle.
Whatever your particular symptoms, it’s best to check with your doctor to determine your exact diagnosis.