Is depression connected to lack of sleep?

Australian researchers published an article this month in the Australia & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry exploring a possible connection between lack of sleep and depression.

They studied over 11,000 adults who had taken part in a 3-year national health survey, looking for those who suffered from insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea (or a combination of the two), and depression. They discovered that those suffering from these sleep disorders reported higher rates of depression compared to those not reporting sleep disorders. Not only that, but these participants reported worse physical health overall.

This isn’t surprising. We’ve written before on the connection between sleep and positive mental health.

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