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18th-Feb-2009 01:20 pm
I am bashing my head on my desk as I read this:

Are bad sleeping habits driving us mad?

* 18 February 2009 by Emma Young
* NewScientist Magazine issue 2696.

TAKE anyone with a psychiatric disorder and the chances are they don't sleep well. The result of their illness, you might think. Now this long-standing assumption is being turned on its head, with the radical suggestion that poor sleep might actually cause some psychiatric illnesses or lead people to behave in ways that doctors mistake for mental problems. The good news is that sleep treatments could help or even cure some of these patients. Shockingly, it also means that many people, including children, could be taking psychoactive drugs that cannot help them and might even be harmful. [...]






Psychiatrists didn't know that a sleep disorder (particularly sleep deprivation) can manifest itself as a mental illness?!?!


I have Obstructive Sleep Aponea - anyone with a similarly affecting sleep disorder could have told you that we are depressed and moody not because we hate our mothers or have a "chemical imbalance", but because WE NEED SLEEP.

Who teaches these pill pimping idiots? Where did they get their degree? Cracker Jacks? Cereal box? Who taught these dolts how to do research?

[...] "Until recently, however, the assumption that poor sleep was a symptom rather than a cause of mental illness was so strong that nobody questioned it. "It was just so easy to say about a patient, well, he's depressed or schizophrenic, of course he's not sleeping well - and never to ask whether there could be a causal relationship the other way," says Robert Stickgold, a sleep researcher at Harvard University. Even when studies did seem to point in the other direction, the findings were largely overlooked, he says." [...]

That is just really LOUSY research. Poor scientific method.

Remember this axiom: "Assume makes an 'ass' of 'u' and 'me'. "

I am NOT saying that all mental disorders are a result of sleep loss, but I am, however, complaining that something so blindingly obvious suffered from such equally blindingly obvious "groupthink".

18th-Feb-2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
Psychiatrists. Poor scientific method.

19th-Feb-2009 12:09 am (UTC)
Part of the problem is that for such a long time people didn't realize how important sleep (and exercise) are to the human body. MOST people operate under a sleep deficit, and they wonder why they're stressed and overweight. How many times do people say 'sleep is overrated', or 'I'll sleep when I'm dead' and how many times have people who actually get8 or 9 hours of sleep a night been looked at as slightly lazy? Adequate sleep is not part of the Protestant Work Ethic.
19th-Feb-2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
I suspect a great deal of comorbidity. I also beg to differ with the article. THESE particular scientists may have only just now thought of this, but google sleep deprivation and mania and you'll see that people have been studying the connection for quite some time.
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