Why does de­pres­sion make you dream more?

BBC Earth (Asia) - - Q&A - AGr

Peo­ple suf­fer­ing from de­pres­sion may ex­pe­ri­ence un­usual pat­terns of sleep. Typ­i­cally, they move into REM sleep (the stage in which we are most likely to dream) more quickly, and there may be a greater num­ber of eye move­ments per unit of time dur­ing this stage of sleep. Peo­ple who are de­pressed may wake up more fre­quently dur­ing the night, and are there­fore more likely to re­mem­ber their dreams. Fi­nally, there is some ev­i­dence that cer­tain med­i­ca­tions for de­pres­sion can in­crease the fre­quency of night­mares. Other med­i­ca­tions ap­pear to do the op­po­site, but night­mares can oc­cur dur­ing with­drawal from these drugs.

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