Learn more about the worry-dream-depression connection, search ‘Depression Learning Path’ or visit www.clinical-depression.co.uk. Find out the connection between unresolved worry, dreaming, and depression. Wake up feeling more motivated, refreshed, and optimistic.
Explainer Video Script:
This is Jenny. Jenny worries a lot, and feels hopeless, demotivated and sad.
Each morning she wakes up exhausted, no matter how long she sleeps.
Could these 3 things be connected – worrying, dreaming and depression? A new understanding of depression suggests they are.
Joe Griffin of the Human Givens movement discovered three things common to depressed people – they dream up to 3 times as much, they have high levels of stress hormone in their bloodstream, and they wake up exhausted in the morning.
The key to all this is the increase in dreaming – the time spent in REM sleep every night. If you dream a lot, you miss out on restorative deep sleep; and spend a lot of the night with an active brain, instead of a resting one. This leads to an exhausted brain and body, which accounts for many symptoms of depression.
Depressed people dream too much because they worry too much, which tells us that reducing the amount of worry is vital to treating depression.
Fortunately Jenny went to see a therapist who understood the connection between unresolved worry, dreaming, and depression.
She helped Jenny relieve stress on her brain by helping to solve her problems, reducing the amount of worrying rumination she was doing, and creating strategies to meet her other needs.
Jenny’s nervous exhaustion melted away and she started to wake up feeling more motivated, refreshed, and optimistic.
To learn more about the worry-dream-depression connection, search ‘Depression Learning Path’ or visit www.clinical-depression.co.uk