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Nightmares and Insomnia Together Exacerbate Depression

Nightmares can cause sleep problems, anxiety, and aggravate symptoms of depression according to new research at Japan's Tokyo Medical University. The study found that the joint presence of insomnia and nightmares had a significant effect on the severity of depression. Read More


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insomnia studies are important

I believe that insomnia, with or without nightmares, is a factor exacerbating other conditions besides depression.

I've read about Jani, the child who was born with severe childhood-onset schizophrenia; one of the outstanding traits of Jani's (January's) early months of life was that she slept only a fraction of the amount of time that a normal infant sleeps.

When my own mother was in the early stages of senile dementia, she began sleeping very poorly and suffered from nightmares when she did sleep. My Sister and I were made aware of this because our mother began talking loudly in her sleep and waking us up, even though we were in far-separated parts of the house; we observed that our mother would engage in sleep-talking for extended periods, as though a real-time conversation was taking place in her mind, and she would also scream in terror and even scream in rage in her sleep, without waking up! Very disturbing and upsetting for us, but mother would not remember these episodes when she did wake up.

Note: my mother also had had borderline personality disorder long before the dementia set in; two separate formal diagnoses from separate therapists at different times, one of whom was a psychologist.

I myself have experienced severe sleep deprivation due to bad planning: I had to travel to events in different parts of the country that were scheduled too close to each other, and I can tell you that the hallucinations I experienced due to going over 36 hours without any sleep were incredibly realistic. I've also experienced hallucinations due to being on morphine while in the hospital after a major operation, and those hallucinations were less realistic but highly whimsical and fantasy-like, yet, still... believable. At the time.

So, yes, I believe that many more studies need to be done about lack of normal sleep, nightmares, and hallucinations, and that understanding more about sleep deprivation and how it impacts the brain can help shed light on other mental disorders and conditions besides depression, as well.

Insomnia Leads To Depression

There have been numerous studies indicating underlying causes of insomnia leading to depression but majority is not concerned about it and i think this problem can be dealt when awareness on INSOMNIA REMEDIES is increased..

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Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine. He is the author of Beauty Sleep.


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