Sleep deprivation could improve mood of depressed people: Study

Sleep deprivation could improve mood of depressed people: Study

Staying awake may be the key to improve the mood of people suffering depression, a new study by University of Pennsylvania researchers suggested.

A team of researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania analyzed the results of decades’ worth of studies on sleep deprivation and found that it temporarily improved symptoms of condition in up to 50 per cent of individuals.

All types of sleep deprivation, ranging from partial to total deprivation, served as an effective anti-depressant for patients across demographics. Partial sleep deprivation means 20 to 21 hours without sleep, while total means up to 36 hours without sleep.

Elaine Boland, research psychologist at the Cpl. Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center, said, “These studies in our analysis show that sleep deprivation is effective for many populations.”

The new study is based on the analysis of previously conducted 66 English-language researches on the topic from 1974 to 2016.

The findings of the new study appeared in the most recent edition of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.