Did you know that insomnia can complicate depression because it:
1. often remains after recovering from depression
2. interferes with successful depression treatment response
3. makes it more likely that depression will return
Director of the SAD Lab, Dr. Colleen Carney has found that people with depression and insomnia respond well to insomnia treatments, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia, or CBT-I. CBT-I is as effective as sleep medication and its beneficial effects last longer than sleep medications in the treatment of chronic insomnia. Successfully treating insomnia may be an effective way to prevent future depression and chronic insomnia.
To further investigate the relationship between insomnia and depression, we recently completed a study examining the efficacy of CBT-I in the treatment of individuals with clinical insomnia disorder and comorbid depression. It is our goal to better understand the unique factors that contribute to successful treatment of individuals with depression and insomnia symptoms with CBT-I, and to understand why CBT-I has antidepressant effects.