Depression may be a mental health issue, but it also affects how you feel and function physically – especially when it comes to your sleep patterns. According to Harvard Health Medical Letter, “65% to 90% of adult patients with major depression, and about 90% of children with this disorder, experience some kind of sleep problem,” including insomnia. Conversely, roughly 40% of young adults (those under 30) suffer from hypersomnia, or sleeping too much.
Neither extreme of sleep is healthy – both sleeping too much or not enough can exacerbate depression, which leads to a vicious cycle. Poor sleep worsens depression, and depression worsens sleep quality. It can be difficult to figure out which problem is causing the other, and which should take precedence when it comes to treatment.
Many people who seek treatment for their depression are prescribed SSRIs by their physicians. SSRIs are a type of antidepressant medication that increase the levels of serotonin in the brain. Brand names of this type of drug include Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro, Celexa, and Paxil. But some patients find that these medications make their sleep even worse than before.
One woman, quoted in a recent article in Refinery29, relates her story:
Until I started taking medication I hadn’t experienced any issues with sleep. But my sleep worsened noticeably in the six weeks after I started taking antidepressants. I would find myself awake in the middle of the night with a cosmic feeling of unsettledness combined with a sensation similar to restless legs, but across my back. I also had severe nightmares, which is not something I’ve ever suffered with before in this kind of frequency.
Another patient reported her terrifying experience with antidepressants as well:
I experienced sleep paralysis, and would wake up not able to move. I’d see terrifying figures or things in my bedroom, almost like I was hallucinating. Prior to taking [the medication] I slept eight hours a night, no problem.
The risk of sleep disturbances is just one of the many possible side effects of antidepressant medications. And while the goal is to find a medication that brings about more benefit than harm, it turns out that the most commonly prescribed antidepressant may not even work. Fortunately, there is a better way to treat depression. You should know that pharmaceuticals with scary side effects are not your only option.
Alpha-Stim® is a better way to treat your depression. It is an FDA cleared, cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) device that uses a tiny current of electricity – not drugs – to restore balance to your brainwaves. Two electrodes clip onto your earlobes and deliver a painless, patented waveform of electricity to your brain. Treatments take just 20 minutes, and are done in the comfort of your own home. Alpha-Stim’s safety and effectiveness are backed by more than 100 clinical research studies, over decades of experience.
Unlike with medications, Alpha-Stim bears no risk of lasting side effects, addiction, or withdrawal. And where some antidepressants can cause sleep issues, Alpha-Stim also treats insomnia, putting an end to the vicious cycle of depression and poor sleep. Many drugs require increased dosages over time to maintain their efficacy – but results with Alpha-Stim are cumulative, meaning it becomes more effective the more you use it. Alpha-Stim is safe to use in conjunction with other treatment modalities, but many patients find they can decrease their medications or even stop them altogether (always consult with a physician before making any changes to your medications). And not only does Alpha-Stim work better than medications, but it costs less, too!
Depression is difficult enough to deal with on its own; you don’t have to accept the potential scary side effects that come with antidepressants on top of everything else. Why choose a treatment option that might disrupt your sleep patterns even more than your depression already does? With Alpha-Stim, you can have the best of both worlds: relief from your depression along with better quality sleep – and none of the lasting side effects of pharmaceuticals. Don’t settle for anything less than the best. Try Alpha-Stim today, and get back to feeling like yourself again.
Alpha-Stim® is an FDA cleared, handheld medical device that has been proven time and again to effectively treat acute, post traumatic, and chronic pain, as well as anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Alpha-Stim uses cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES), delivered through a patented waveform via two earclip electrodes, to treat anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Microcurrent electrical therapy (MET) delivers pain relief directly to the source of discomfort via two handheld Smart Probes.
The safety and effectiveness of Alpha-Stim is backed by over 100 independent clinical research studies. Unlike with medications, there is no risk of addiction or lasting side effects.
Alpha-Stim is available by prescription in the United States and over-the-counter in other countries. Get started today!