Lack of Sleep May be a Cause of Mental Health Conditions

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From Live Science: A new study published in The Lancet Psychiatry found that participants who completed an online cognitive behavioral therapy program specifically for insomnia experienced reduced anxiety and depression, as well as fewer hallucinations and experiences of paranoia, in addition to less insomnia.

“The findings suggest that sleep plays an important role in mental health and that doctors should consider it a priority to improve patients’ sleep, the authors wrote.

‘For too long, insomnia has been trivialized as merely a symptom’ of other mental health conditions, and has been thought of as a problem to be tackled, Freeman said. But ‘for many people, insomnia can be part of the complex package of causes of mental health difficulties,’ he said.”

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