Sleep Therapy Seen as an Aid for Depression – NYTimes.com

A student demonstrating equipment at Colleen Carney’s sleep lab at Ryerson University. Curing insomnia for people with depression could double their chances of a full recovery according to new scientific research.

The new report, from a team at Ryerson University in Toronto, found that 87 percent of patients who resolved their insomnia in four biweekly talk therapy sessions also saw their depression symptoms dissolve after eight weeks of treatment, either with an antidepressant drug or a placebo pill — almost twice the rate of those who could not shake their insomnia.

Full-blown insomnia is more serious than the sleep problems most people occasionally have. To qualify for a diagnosis, people must have endured at least a month of chronic sleep loss that has caused problems at work, at home or in important relationships.

The therapy that Dr. Manber, Dr. Carney and the other researchers are using is called cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia, or CBT-I for short. The therapist teaches people to establish a regular wake-up time and stick to it; get out of bed during waking periods; avoid eating, reading, watching TV or similar activities in bed; and eliminate daytime napping.

Read the entire article at the NYTimes.com, Sleep Therapy Seen as an Aid for Depression, published November 18, 2013.

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Dwight Stewart
“Self-Discipline over self-interest. Work over comfort. Character over celebrity.” Have your best self show up when you execute your strategy, backed by your story or beliefs, while in the optimal state for you. Success leaves clues.

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