The Sleep-Depression Connection
Carter sought help for her disordered sleep in early 2012. She calls her treatment by Dr. Deirdre Conroy at the U-M Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic the "linchpin" in restoring her mental health.
Carter's therapy began with sleeping in one block from 5 a.m. to noon, then moving the starting time back fifteen minutes each day. With the assistance of small doses of melatonin, she now falls asleep between 10:30 and 11 p.m. and wakes up before 9 a.m. Carter also exercises for a half-hour every day and eats at typical mealtimes.
Regaining pleasures she'd missed as a night owl, Carter is again enjoying jaunts to the movie theater and inviting people to her home. Retired in her early sixties, she sees herself on an upward trend: "I feel like my world has expanded," she says.
[Originally published in March, 2014.]
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