Association was found between insomnia and mental health

Association was found between insomnia and mental health

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Treating insomnia with cognitive-behavioral therapy would be mental problems such as anxiety, depression, and paranoia do to reduce.

That write researchers from the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute at the University of Oxford in The Lancet. A disturbed night’s sleep would, according to the scientists one of the biggest reasons behind paranoia, hallucinations and other mental problems in young adults with an average age of 25 years.

During the investigation, under 3.755 students in the United Kingdom tried to the researchers, the sleep of the participants to improve and so to investigate whether this effect on mental health. The students were divided into two groups, of which one half is behavioral therapy for insomnia. The other half received a standard treatment.

The behavioral therapy was in six online sessions of twenty minutes the students offered. Behavioral therapy is an active therapy to different behaviors and situations to learn to see. During the sessions participants learned a virtual slaapexpert to sleep with a bed associate.

Also, participants were encouraged to sleep on their day to think and their sleep environment to optimize. In addition the participants were asked to daily keep track of the extent to which they use the advice had been followed. Then all participants over a period of 22 weeks, asked to several questionnaires to fill in.


Students that behavioral therapy had been given showed a decrease in insomnia. Also, there was a slight decrease in the number of hallucinations and paranoid thoughts. They would also, according to the researchers suffer less from depression, anxiety, nightmares, and they would also function better in their daily activities.

“Sleeping problems are a common problem among people with mental health problems. Previously it was thought that insomnia is a symptom and not the cause of these psychological problems. The outcome of this research shows that insomnia just the cause of poor mental health could be,” says lead researcher Daniel Freeman. “A good night’s sleep can make a big difference.”

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