Insomnia triggers depression among elderly men

Men who have difficulty in nodding off are heading for a bout of the blues. Insomnia actually doubles the risk of depression in older men, says a new study.

`We found a strong link between difficulty in falling asleep and depression which cannot be explained adequately by reverse causality, that is, that depression causes insomnia,` said Osvaldo Almeida, professor of geriatric psychiatry at the Centre of Health and Ageing at the University of Western Australia.

`We didn`t expect to find this result, so it took us by surprise,` said Almeida in the Journal of Affective Disorders.

`Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide and affects between five and 15 percent of adults over 65. People need to be aware that depression is not a normal part of ageing,` Almeida said.

`Sleep is just as important to our physical and emotional health in our senior years as it was when we were younger. Nevertheless, some changes in your sleep are natural as you age,` he added.

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