It must be tough for both of you! Being very depressed and living with someone is who very depressed are both pretty difficult.
Sleep difficulties are indeed part of a depressive episode. This might be having trouble getting to sleep, staying asleep or waking early in the morning. For some unlucky people it may involve all three difficulties and sleep can be severely disrupted. And unfortunately we can also develop bad sleep habits - such as sleeping on the couch in a desperate attempt to catch up.
Is your husband already getting help? If so it would be good to let his treating professional know about the sleep problems. If not perhaps some gentle encouragement to talk to his GP or see a clinical psychologist would be a sensible idea.
If your husband is reluctant to get help some other things that might help…..exercise and doing stuff (sounds very professional I know) have been found to be enormously helpful for depression. By doing stuff I mean getting out and doing things that usually he enjoys, going out for a movie or coffee or swim or wahtever it is that he would be doing if he wasn't feelign so low. And it may be good to set small goals to start with so that he has a positive experience…….for someone who is very depressed it might be walking around the block rather than walking their usual 5km.
Sorry I may be rambling now :-). Good luck and take care!
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