Insomniacs Suffer Depression, Heart Woes After Years of Little Sleep (VIDEO)

By Carrie Gann

Insomnia DepressionRyan Holiday was so busy working three jobs that he barely had time to sleep. But when he finally found the time, he couldn’t sleep.

“At first the insomnia was a bonus because I could work more,” Holiday, 24, said. “I was working 18 hour days.”

Then, the panic attacks began.

“It was probably a combination of the stress from work and the insomnia,” he said. “One night I had three concurrent attacks. I couldn’t leave my bed. It was 4 a.m. I was wide awake.”

His doctor prescribed Zoloft and Xanax for his anxiety, and still unable to sleep, he started taking Ambien.

“It’s one of those things where you can’t tell if it’s working,” he said. “I do sleep, but I don’t feel rested. It’s kind of a strange kind of existence.”

Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder, according to an article published Thursday in the journal Lancet. But it often goes unrecognized and untreated. Doctors say it’s an alarming trend because of increasing evidence that untreated insomnia causes other health problems and can lead people to rely on sleep aids that don’t work.

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