I did an online test that said that I was depressed and that’s why I can’t sleep because the thoughts keep me awake. What can I do?
Have you noticed that depression nags at you? It especially nags at you at night.
“Stay awake and think difficult thoughts!” it demands.
“Over and over” it says.
“This leads to that!” it cries out, even if you are wrecked and exhausted.
Sleep is a really important tool in silencing the nagging of depression. How can you get sleep?
If your thoughts start bothering you:
Make sure your bed is comfortable and that you only use it to sleep. This means no watching tv or DVDs late at night, texting, checking email or Facebook or playing games on your phone etc.
Make sure that you wake up to a bright light. Leave your blinds/curtains open or get up when your alarm goes off and turn on bright bedroom lights. That resets you internal body clock.
It would also be really helpful to talk to an adult that you trust about how you're feeling. This might be a teacher, parents, school counsellor or other relative or family friend. You can also call Kids Helpline 24/7 on 1800 55 1800.