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Why Sleep Deprivation Eases Depression

marți, 30 aprilie 2013


woman half asleep, sleepy head, woman with coffee cup

Glial activity reveals how sleep deprivation elevates mood

Sleep deprivation is a quick and efficient way to treat depression. It works 60 to 70 percent of the time—far better than existing drugs—but the mood boost usually lasts only until the patient falls asleep. As an ongoing treatment, sleep deprivation is impractical, but researchers have been studying the phenomenon in an effort to uncover the cellular mechanisms behind depression and remission. Now a team at Tufts University has pinpointed glia as the key players.

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