The Most Common Risk Factors for Developing Depression if You’re Over 50

You’ve certainly joked about having a midlife crisis before, but once 50 hits, you may notice you and all of your friends are seemingly more glum than ever before. The Huffington Post notes those with the highest risk of depression are baby boomers who are currently between the ages of 45 and 64. And that may be because significant life changes, like retirement and shifts in family dynamics, are common during this time.

Whether you’re feeling blue or not, it’s important to know how at risk you may be for developing depression. Here are the risk factors you should know about (including No. 9, which affects millions).

1. You can’t sleep

Senior woman sleeping on bed in bedroom at home

Senior woman sleeping on bed in bedroom | Wavebreakmedia/Getty Images

WebMD notes that insomnia is often thought of as just a symptom of depression, but it can also be a risk factor for older adults. When you don’t get enough sleep, you may notice you’re more irritable and tense than usual — and your physical fitness level might also suffer. The extra stress on your body and mind can lead to depression.

It’s important to note that insomnia is also the most common sleep disorder in the U.S. Nearly one out of every three adults will experience this sleep problem in their lifetime, with more women reportedly having it than men.

Next: Your marital status can also impact your mental health. 

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