AS@W Antidepressant Skills at Work: Dealing with Mood Problems in the Workplace

AS@W...Sleep and Depression 

How does depression affect sleep?


How can a lack of sleep affect physical health?


What causes poor sleep?


What is the economic burden associated with poor sleep?


What can I do to help with my sleep problems?

Set a regular sleep/wake schedule

Reduce sleep-interfering activities


Make your bedroom sleep-inducing

Practice good sleep hygiene. Make “going to bed” a soothing experience


Bilsker, D., Gilbert, M., & Samra, J. (2007). Antidepressant Skills at Work: Dealing with Mood Problems in the Workplace. Available at:

Bilsker, D., Samra, J., Goldner, E. (2008). Positive Coping with Health Conditions: A Self-Care Workbook. Available at:

Daley, M., Morin C.M., LeBlanc, M., Grégoire, J.P., & Savard, J. (2009). The economic burden of insomnia: direct and indirect costs for individuals with insomnia syndrome, insomnia symptoms, and good sleepers. Sleep, 32, 55-64.

Stepanski, E. & Wyatt, J. (2003). Use of sleep hygiene in the treatment of insomnia. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 7, 215-225.

About AS@W

How was Antidepressant Skills at Work developed?

The guide was developed by British Columbia Mental Health and Addiction Services (BCMHAS), an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority. The guide and accompanying materials have been authored by Dr. Dan Bilsker, Dr. Merv Gilbert, and Dr. Joti Samra – registered psychologists and scientist-practitioners with expertise in issues relating to workplace mental health. These psychologists are with the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA), Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University. The guide was written on the basis of a review of the scientific literature; consultation with employers, unions, mental health providers and employee groups; and adaptation of existing self-care depression programs.

How can the manual be accessed?

The manual is available for viewing and free download at or from Individuals or organizations are free to print and make multiple copies of the guide, with permission from CARMHA. Print copies and audio CDs are available at a low cost from our ordering page at

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