Why Sleep Loss Is Linked To Depression As Well As Anxiety

New Clues About Why Sleep Loss Is Linked To Depression, Anxiety
#Depression and #sleep problems are intimately connected, as many people know, and the relationship seems to go both ways. Sleep disturbances, of various types, are central symptoms of depression; on the other hand, chronic lack of sleep seems to predispose one to developing depression.

Continue Reading →

CBT for Insomnia Cuts Suicide Risk



June 16, 2011 (Minneapolis, Minnesota) — Insomniac patients with suicide ideation show significantly reduced suicide risk after undergoing sleep-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), a new study shows.

“This is the first study to our knowledge to reveal that a sleep-focused intervention has a therapeutic impact on suicide risk specifically,” reported Rebecca Bernert, PhD, a fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in California.

The study was presented here at SLEEP 2011, the 25th Anniversary Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.

Continue Reading →

Seniors abused during childhood face increased risk of sleep troubles

 Suffering from parental abuse as a child increases a person’s chances of having poor sleep quality in old age, according to a research article in the current issue of the Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological and Social Sciences (Volume 66B, Number 3). An analysis of data from 877 adults age 60 years and above found that early parental emotional abuse was associated with a higher number of sleep complaints in old age. It was specifically emotional abuse — rather than physical abuse or emotional neglect — that was tied to trouble in getting a good night’s sleep.

Continue Reading →