Does Sleeping Less Reduce Depression?

If you’re confused, it’s no wonder. One minute, the health experts say lack of sleep reduces overall wellness; the next, they inform you that sleep-deprivation can get rid of depression. What gives?

The latest data confirms studies carried out 30 years ago were correct: decreasing sleep to about four hours a night works just as well as medication. Unlike drugs, however, the benefits of reduced sleep are apparent within 24 hours.

The connection between sleep and depression is well-known. Depressed people often sleep for lengthy periods. Not so long ago, despite conflicting studies, experts assumed prolonged bouts of sleeping were necessary for stressed brains needing to recharge. Now, however, the idea too much sleep isn’t helpful predominates.

More research is necessary before anyone can draw further conclusions, but the outlook seems favorable. Medication for depression often comes with severe side-effects and doesn’t work for everyone. Being able to ease or eradicate depression naturally is a positive step-up from popping pills.

Should you quit your medication and opt for night’s awake watching the TV now? Probably not. People can experience nasty reactions to stopping their drugs quickly. Also, what if sleep-deprivation doesn’t work for you? Eventually, more information will be available, and your GP can give you the best advice about what to do.

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