Sleep deprivation can help patients affected by depression, medical study found

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All forms of sleep deprivation, ranging from partial (20 to 21 hours without sleep) to total (up to 36 hours), were an effective anti-depressant for patients across demographics. These studies in our analysis show that sleep deprivation is effective for many populations,” the study’s lead author, Elaine Boland, a clinical associate and research psychologist at the Cpl. Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center, told to media.

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In fact, this effect of sleep deprivation was observed previously. German psychiatrist Johann Christian August Heinroth noted the connection 200 years ago, but “we still do not have an effective grasp on precisely how effective the treatment is and how to achieve the best clinical results,” study senior author Philip Gehrman” revealed. Doctors have experimented with several types of sleep deprivation on depressed patients. While certain depression treatments induce sleep deprivation, lack of quality sleep may be a contributing factor to the mental illness, according to Sudhir Gadh, a psychiatrist with a private practice in Manhattan. It’s suggested  for best results depressed patients should also make lifestyle adjustments, take tailored medication, and employ other evidence based therapies.

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