Sleep Deprivation Can Relieve Symptoms of Depression

Are you depressed? Then stay awake so it will help to improve your mood. Depression is one of the biggest health risks of our time.

A team of researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania studied on sleep deprivation factor and claimed that it can help improve depression’s symptoms of people by 50 percent.

Philip Gehrman, a study senior author and an associative professor of psychiatry and member of the Penn Sleep Center said, “More than 30 years since the discovery of the antidepressant effects of sleep deprivation, we still do not have an effective grasp on precisely how effective the treatment is and how to achieve the best clinical results.”

Heinroth, a German physician who was the first to use the term “psychosomatic illness” and he identified that people who are suffering from depression can get positive impact by sleep deprivation. Then doctors started experimenting on depressed patients with several sleep deprivation types.

In 1970, a wake therapy was developed to improve the depressive symptoms. It is effective but the benefits are temporary and patients notice that their symptoms return after some days. Though sleep deprivation is the efficient way for temporarily relieving depression, it should not be the only one way of treatment.

A psychiatrist with a private practice in Manhattan, Sudhir Gadh said, “In the end, it is only a component in complete treatment because if it worked, the city that never sleeps wouldn’t have so many psychiatrists.”

Depressed patients should also change their lifestyle; take tailored medication, and start other evidence-based therapies according to him.

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