Sleeping Late? Watch for Depression, Heart Disease

By Sandy Schroeder

If you find yourself sleeping in a few hours beyond the recommended seven to nine, you may be dealing with depression and increasing your risk of heart disease.

Sleeping in can be very tempting if you have been working a lot or just feeling sluggish, but sticking with the recommended amount is the best course, according to the American Heart Association.

The researchers found people who sleep longer than eight hours a night are more apt to die than those who get seven to eight hours a night.

For those who sleep 10 hours or more at night the risk of death from heart disease or stoke goes up by 50 percent or higher. Actually, researchers believe heart problems start first triggering excessive sleep. If depression is keeping you under the covers, you may also be avoiding friends and family, eating poorly and exercising less, all additional heart disease signs.

Everybody experiences a few down days, but when those feelings just go on and on you may have depression, according to Harvard Health.

Critical Check for Depression

Actually, heart disease and depression often form a continuing circle. Depression is almost twice as likely to occur in patients with heart disease. It’s critical to be aware of depression because it can also trigger irritability, more stress, low-grade inflammation, clogging of arteries and rupture of cholesterol-loaded plaque.

Nipping depression in the bud is critical to avoid a downward loss of motivation and activity, which often leads to more sleeping.

To spot depression, ask these two questions. If you answer yes to one, you may need to be seen for depression.

  • In the last month have you felt depressed, hopeless or down?
  • In the past month have you lost interest in your usual routines and treats?

More Depression Symptoms

  • Restless sleeping
  • No energy
  • Loss of appetite or unusual cravings
  • Loss of self-esteem
  • Ongoing irritability
  • Extreme exhaustion

Time to Fight Back

If you suspect depression, start with your primary care doctor to reverse the process with prescribed medication, talk therapy or a cardio support program.  Start turning depression around. Begin to exercise more, reach out to friends and eat healthier. 

Don’t ignore the symptoms. See your doctor to prevent them from advancing. The longer you wait the deeper the grip on depression may become.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Goodyear, Ariz. 

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