Sleep Disruption May Lead To Depression And Other Mental Problems

A new study created by researchers  from the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, in Oxford University, has found that the treatment of insomnia may reduce some mental health problems such as paranoia, anxiety and depression.

The study is considered the biggest experiment of psychological treatment for mental health, and the most effective study for the effects of treating insomnia on human psychology.

The Steps Of The Study

In this study, researchers determined the effects of good sleeping on 55 mental health problems.  Such as depression and anxiety in 3755 British university student chosen randomly and divided into two groups.

The first group got online cognitive behavior therapy “CBT” which is an insomnia treatment, and the other group was considered as a control group.

The first group showed an improvement in sleeping process, combined with a reduction in anxiety, depression, nightmares, while improving psychological wellness.

They also showed better home functioning and daytime work, which led the researchers to suggest that insomnia treatment could lead to better mental health. .

mental patients could have insomnia 

According to Dr. Daniel Freeman, the study leader and the professor of clinical psychology at the University of Oxford, it’s very common in mentally health patients to get insomnia, but it’s also true that long insomnia may lead to mental illness symptoms.

A good night’s sleep may help people improve their mental health, while bad sleeping could exacerbate emotional and psychological problems.

The study used a form of online cognitive-behavioral therapy, which is based on a very simple idea: the way we think, this is how we feel.

This program can help people solve a lot of problems including insomnia.  By making them find an association between being in bed and sleeping, as well as teaching people how to prepare the environment for sleeping, and how to stop thinking about the details of their day when they are going to sleep.

Researchers found that the first group which got the online “CBT” has shown improvement within 22 weeks by about 30% more than the other group.

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Dr. Andrew Welchman the head of neuroscience and mental health at Welcome considered that the study is further evidence that sleeping is a very important factor in studying mental health, especially in young adults.


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