Our expert says:
Insomnia is indeed commonly a part of Depression, and also of Anxiety. Early Morning Wakening is especially typical of Depression. Alcohol tends to help one get to sleeep, but to bounce back awake after a couple of hours. It may be that you've had some mild downs in the past, but now maybe a more significant Depression. DO see at least a GP, preferably a specialist psychiatrist, for a full assessment and a discussion of treatment options, which could include medication and CBT style counselling. Fortunately, this is a disorder that usually responds well to
treatment. And if the sleep problems are due to depression or anxiety, its best to treat the cause, rather than getting hooked into sleeping meds as such
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