Depression is the disease of the century, as it currently affects about 16 million people only in the US. Researchers have decided to analyze where it is more common and made some interesting findings. The disease affects more women than men, but there are a few ways to reduce your risks. It turns out that early birds are less likely to get depressed, as opposed to night owls.
Early birds have the smallest risk of depression
Women who go to bed and wake up early might have more benefits than those who stay up more. Researchers performed a study on 32,470 women and looked both at their sleep schedule and their depression rates. Their average age was of 55 and they had to answer a series of questions.
After looking at the results, researchers observed a clear benefit for early birds. Those women who went to bed early and also woke up early had a smaller risk of depression. On the other hand, sleeping and waking up late was more likely to lead to depression. Therefore, these results showed that a woman’s sleeping schedule can have a huge impact on her mental health.
There is a strong correlation between sleep and depression
Unfortunately, the study comes with a small disadvantage. The occurrence of depression is influenced by a series of factors, such as genes or the environment. For this study, researchers merely looked at the sleeping schedules of women, as they couldn’t account for all the other factors.
However, this isn’t the first study pointing to a small risk for early birds. Researchers have previously discovered that insomnia makes one’s chances of depression ten times bigger. This is related to the fact that these people have a hard time falling asleep. In some cases, insomnia comes as a result of depression, but it can also lead to the development of the disease.
The study on early birds and night owls was published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research.
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