While you may think continuous sleepless nights are harmless to your mental wellbeing, think again. More research shows that insomnia is directly associated with and is a symptom of anxiety, depression, and mood affective disorders causing one an impaired quality of life. Hence, doctors suggest that any person having trouble sleeping take heed because this isn’t a matter that should be taken so lightly.
Insomnia is not sleep deprivation, says former president of the Philippine Psychiatric Association (PPA) Dr. Felicitas Soriano. She explains that sleep deprivation is when one could sleep but is not allowed to, as in a new mother who is sleepy but could not go to bed because she needs to feed her baby in the middle of the night. On the other hand, insomnia happens when one still cannot sleep despite his or her having an adequate opportunity to do so.