Long Sleep Durations Improve Treatment for Depression with Insomnia


Researchers reveal that patients suffering from depression and insomnia have high chances of reversing their condition if they sleep seven or more hours every night, according to a new study published in June 2017.

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, Duke University and University of California, San Francisco, and Stanford University Medical Center collaborated to study patients suffering from depression. They found that depressed patients who suffered from insomnia and were able to sleep seven or more hours per night experience greater benefits from cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI) and these patients also achieve depression remission.

The study showed that in cases where insomnia and depression co-exist, patients are given a combination of CBTI for insomnia and antidepressants for depression, which creates a longer pre-treatment objective sleep duration of remission for both disorders.

Jack D. Edinger, lead author of the study said, “A seven-hour, objective sleep duration of patients prior to entering treatment increased their chances of achieving both depression and insomnia remission by their treatment endpoints.”

The team conducted a study involving 104 adults who received 16 weeks of anti-depressant medication. These participants were randomly assigned CBTI or placebo insomnia therapy. The Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HAMD-17) and Insomnia Severity Index were administered at baseline and was further administered every two weeks as a means to determine depression and insomnia remission.

“Our findings highlight the importance of adequate objective sleep in the recovery from depression and insomnia. The data suggest that short sleep duration may be a risk for refractory depression.” Concluded Manber.


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