April 30th, 2008
10:21 AM ET

Insomnia and depression

By Yvonne Lee
CNN Medical Producer

The first time I began to associate sleeplessness with depression was after my aunt died. I was 8 years old and living in Los Angeles. My grandmother came to stay with us while the funeral preparations were made. I remember walking into my room and seeing her staring at the wall, eyes red and swollen. My sister and I slept on the floor next to her bed to keep her company. Several times during those few weeks, I woke up in the middle of the night and I'd see my grandmother wide awake, staring at nothing but the wall again. She barely spoke and stayed in bed, even during the day.

At least 80 percent of depressed people experience some form of insomnia, according to David N. Neubauer, M.D, associate director of the Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorders Center – whether it's difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. The link between the two has been well established. Recently, a study published in the journal SLEEP suggests that insomnia is more than just a symptom of depression; it actually increases your risk of getting it. People with insomnia that lasted more than two weeks were one and a half to two times more likely to develop depression.

I experienced insomnia right after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. I was based at CNN's Washington bureau and for months, I couldn't sleep.

I would drive to work absolutely exhausted and numb. Because I lived in Arlington, Virginia, I had to drive past the Pentagon on my way to work. It was an ugly reminder of what how many lives were lost that day.

I worked at the Pentagon on weekends to produce live shots with our reporter. Whenever I walked in, it smelled as if something had been burnt, like you had just put out a campfire.

I didn't realize I was depressed until I saw my doctor and he told me to see a counselor. He prescribed anti-depressants – which did help me get some sleep – until I could get past what happened. Eventually, I felt better and went off the drug and was able to fall and stay asleep.

Have you ever experienced insomnia and later developed depression?

Editor's Note: Medical news is a popular but sensitive subject rooted in science. We receive many comments on this blog each day; not all are posted. Our hope is that much will be learned from the sharing of useful information and personal experiences based on the medical and health topics of the blog. We encourage you to focus your comments on those medical and health topics and we appreciate your input. Thank you for your participation.

Next entry »
soundoff (616 Responses)
  1. Sprinter Repair Shop

    This is a topic which is close to my heart... Take care! Exactly where are your contact details though?


    May 12, 2021 at 13:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. rv parts temecula

    I used to be able to find good advice from your blog articles.


    May 12, 2021 at 14:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. RV Parts Riverside


    May 12, 2021 at 18:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. RV Furniture Near Me

    Having read this I thought it was extremely enlightening. I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this content together. I once again find myself spending a lot of time both reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worth it!


    May 12, 2021 at 18:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. RV Parts Orange County

    The very next time I read a blog, I hope that it does not disappoint me as much as this particular one. After all, I know it was my choice to read, nonetheless I genuinely thought you'd have something interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of crying about something you could fix if you were not too busy seeking attention.


    May 13, 2021 at 02:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. rv tire installation near me

    This website was... how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something that helped me. Cheers!


    May 13, 2021 at 02:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Mercedes Sprinter Chasis Repair

    Greetings! Very helpful advice within this article! It is the little changes that make the most important changes. Thanks a lot for sharing!


    May 13, 2021 at 02:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. RV Entertainment System Los Angeles

    After going over a number of the blog posts on your website, I seriously like your way of writing a blog. I saved as a favorite it to my bookmark webpage list and will be checking back soon. Please visit my website as well and tell me how you feel.


    May 13, 2021 at 09:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Mercedes Benz Sprinter Repair Shop


    May 13, 2021 at 09:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. RV Tires Los Angeles

    You made some decent points there. I checked on the internet for more information about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this website.


    May 13, 2021 at 11:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Repair Shops Near Me

    Aw, this was a very nice post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to produce a great article… but what can I say… I hesitate a lot and never seem to get nearly anything done.


    May 13, 2021 at 17:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. RV Supplies Orange County


    May 13, 2021 at 18:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. RV Slide Out Los Angeles

    I could not refrain from commenting. Very well written!


    May 14, 2021 at 01:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. rv parks orange county


    May 14, 2021 at 02:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Sprinter Repair Near Me

    Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thank you so much, However I am having troubles with your RSS. I don’t know the reason why I am unable to join it. Is there anybody else getting identical RSS problems? Anyone that knows the answer will you kindly respond? Thanks!!


    May 14, 2021 at 04:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Sprinter Turbocharger Repair


    May 14, 2021 at 08:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. fiberglass rv repair


    May 14, 2021 at 08:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. bucket truck repair


    May 14, 2021 at 12:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. home for sale spokane river


    May 14, 2021 at 15:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. homes for sale nearby


    May 14, 2021 at 16:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Eye Specialist Near Me

    I like it whenever people come together and share views. Great website, keep it up!


    May 14, 2021 at 17:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. houses for sale rathdrum


    May 14, 2021 at 17:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Maserati Ghibli Reliability

    Good post. I am experiencing a few of these issues as well..


    May 14, 2021 at 18:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Maserati Granturismo Convertible For Sale

    May I simply just say what a comfort to uncover an individual who actually understands what they are discussing over the internet. You actually know how to bring a problem to light and make it important. A lot more people need to check this out and understand this side of your story. I was surprised that you aren't more popular because you certainly possess the gift.


    May 14, 2021 at 21:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Maserati Zagato

    This website was... how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something which helped me. Thank you!


    May 14, 2021 at 21:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. nearby realtors


    May 15, 2021 at 00:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. houses for sale kellogg id


    May 15, 2021 at 00:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Maserati Granturismo Interior

    Howdy, I do believe your site could be having internet browser compatibility problems. When I look at your website in Safari, it looks fine however when opening in I.E., it's got some overlapping issues. I merely wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Aside from that, great site!


    May 15, 2021 at 01:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. oc rv storage

    Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you penning this article and also the rest of the site is also really good.


    May 15, 2021 at 02:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Maserati Quattroporte 0 60

    Very nice blog post. I absolutely love this site. Stick with it!


    May 15, 2021 at 04:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Maserati T Shirt

    Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon every day. It's always helpful to read through articles from other authors and practice a little something from their sites.


    May 15, 2021 at 07:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. furniture repair orange county ca


    May 15, 2021 at 13:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. nearest realtor


    May 15, 2021 at 14:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. property for sale wallace id


    May 15, 2021 at 15:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Corneal Refractive Therapy

    After going over a few of the blog posts on your web page, I seriously appreciate your technique of writing a blog. I saved it to my bookmark website list and will be checking back soon. Please check out my website too and let me know how you feel.


    May 15, 2021 at 16:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. 2005 Maserati Coupe Cambiocorsa


    May 15, 2021 at 16:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Social Media Marketing Company Near Me


    May 15, 2021 at 20:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. trưc tiêp bóng đá

    Hey! I could have sworn I've been to this blog before but after browsing through some of the post
    I realized it's new to me. Anyways, I'm
    definitely glad I found it and I'll be book-marking and checking back often!

    May 15, 2021 at 20:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Digital Marketing Events

    This excellent website certainly has all of the info I needed about this subject and didn’t know who to ask.


    May 15, 2021 at 22:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. avana

    avana 50 mg buy avanafil usa

    May 15, 2021 at 22:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Social Media Marketing Companies Near Me


    May 15, 2021 at 23:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Content Marketing Company Orange County


    May 16, 2021 at 02:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Social Media Marketing Business

    Great site you've got here.. It’s difficult to find high-quality writing like yours these days. I truly appreciate people like you! Take care!!


    May 16, 2021 at 06:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Internet Marketing Videos

    This is a topic which is close to my heart... Many thanks! Exactly where are your contact details though?


    May 16, 2021 at 09:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Sprinter Door Rust Repair

    I blog frequently and I really thank you for your content. This article has truly peaked my interest. I will bookmark your blog and keep checking for new information about once per week. I opted in for your Feed as well.


    May 16, 2021 at 10:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. 2010 Sprinter Seat Belt Buckle Repair


    May 16, 2021 at 13:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Sprinter Repair Shops Near Me


    May 16, 2021 at 14:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Service A Mercedes Sprinter

    I quite like reading through a post that can make men and women think. Also, thank you for allowing for me to comment!


    May 16, 2021 at 16:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Mercedes Sprinter Service Center Near Me

    Spot on with this write-up, I honestly feel this website needs much more attention. I’ll probably be back again to see more, thanks for the advice!


    May 16, 2021 at 19:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. 2006 Sprinter 3500 Repair Near Me

    Everything is very open with a very clear description of the issues. It was truly informative. Your site is extremely helpful. Thanks for sharing!


    May 16, 2021 at 21:46 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

Post a comment


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Next entry »
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.