Chronic sleep deprivation ‘linked to depression’

Chronic sleep deprivation 'linked to depression'

A possible link between chronic sleep deprivation in some individuals and depression has been identified.

Experts in Germany claim that failing to rest for long enough on mattresses each night can be indicative of a psychological illness, the Sun Daily reports.

The country’s Association for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (DGPPN) suggests sleep disorders particularly arise from depression, recommending initiating a regular rhythm for resting and reducing stress levels and alcohol intake to combat insomnia.

According to the body, those suffering from disrupted rest should initially visit their general practitioner who can give advice on changing lifestyle to tackle the problem and provide medication if necessary.

Reducing exposure to light and noise during sleep can also reduce the risk of disturbance during the night and restore healthy sleeping patterns, as may investing in comfortable bed frames or memory foam mattresses.

Founded in 1842, the DGPPN is a medical professional body with over 5,200 members working in the fields of psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychosomatics.

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