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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.

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  A good night’s sleep is something we all value. Scientists tell us, and we know from experience, that it refreshes us, helps us perform better, and contributes significantly to health and happiness, especially in children. And yet, there are millions of us suffering from ongoing shortage of  sleep.  

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Here’s a fact that might surprise you: we really do not know why we sleep. Of course, we sleep because our bodies demand it; we know we require sleep for our survival. But we’ve yet to discover the why of sleep, to determine the physiological purpose sleep serves.

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    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 […]

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 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 […]

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March 7, 2011 – The 2011 Sleep in America® poll released today by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) finds pervasive use of communications technology in the hour before bed. It also finds that a significant number of Americans aren’t getting the sleep they say they need and are searching for ways to cope. Many Americans […]

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Are you getting enough sleep? How much sleep do you really need? In general, most adults need about 7 hours of sleep per night. Children and adolescents need even more – around 9 or 10 hours per night. However, the amount of sleep people need varies widely, ranging from 5 to 10 hours per night. […]

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Insomnia Major Health Concern Jan 27 2011 – Insomnia is a major health concern in Britain that harms all areas of life, including relationships and ability to function during the day, and should be addressed with public health campaigns at national and local level, including in schools and workplaces, according to a new report. “Sleep […]

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 Insomnia and other sleep disorders are very common, yet are not generally well understood by doctors and other health care professionals. Now the British Association for Psychopharmacology (BAP) has released up-to-the-minute guidelines in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, published by SAGE, to guide psychiatrists and physicians caring for those with sleep problems.

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