How poor sleep and mental illness can affect each other?
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How poor sleep and mental illness can affect each other?

Jocelyn Tourtellotte
Jocelyn Tourtellotte

In 10 seconds? The quality of sleep and mental health disorders are interrelated, researchers have found. The results highlight the need to consider sleep as a factor when focusing on mental health, regardless of the diagnosis.

What makes this research different than prior studies? The researchers conducted a large-scale population study using data collected from wrist-worn accelerometers. These were used to determine ten different measures of sleep quality. By using this technology, they were able to collect sleep data from 89,000 participants in their natural home environment during the week, including daytime naps. Normally such studies are run in a sleep lab for a night, which limits sample size and may not reflect how one sleeps in their own bed.

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