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Are Sleep Deprivation And Depression Related? - Psychotherapist Carole Klein (VIDEO)

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Psychotherapist Carole Klein shares if a lack of sleep can cause depression.

Carole Klein:
Yes, because lack of sleep causes a person to not get the degree of rest that they need in their body and if you don’t go into deep sleep you could have a real period of confusion. Scientists have shown that if you don’t have deep sleep, which usually happens in the first few hours of sleep, that you won’t be able to think as clearly. The mathematicians have been kept awake and not allowed to go into deep sleep and they were not able to workout simple little problems after a few days of that pattern of not having deep sleep.

So there is a lot of confusion that will happen and depression comes from confusion of thoughts. Sometimes your dream patterns that will make life difficult and you will have more anxiety and depression when you wake up in a dream. So lack of sleep is draining on the body and too much sleep takes serotonin out of the brain and then can create a pattern of not having enough serotonin, decreasing that level would then increase the depression.

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