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Better Sleep Improves Depression

02 Dec

I’ll bet many of you have seen the much discussed article in the New York Times on the research that shows how helping people with sleep deprivation, through cognitive behavioral techniques, also helps them with depression.
 
The reverse causal connection has been common knowledge for some time – that one of the results of being depressed is disordered sleep – either too much or too little.
 
So it’s interesting to see that fixing sleep problems can also do some fixing of depression.
 
Very good news, because there are plenty of simple, effective ways to improve sleep. (Don’t take my word for it – check out the feedback on guided imagery for sleep over at our Inspiring Story page!)  Depression is a tougher nut to crack.

And improving sleep problems also helps with posttraumatic stress, grief, anxiety, traumatic brain injury, work efficiency, lowering accident rates, healing illness, staying well and good parenting.   It’s huge.
 
For a complete discussion of sleep solutions, check out our free Sleep Report and send it to an insomniac friend or two.  It covers the territory pretty exhaustively.
 
It’s why the Surgeon General of the Army, Lt General Patricia Horoho, is focusing on sleep in her big health initiative for her soldiers.  She’s developing a wrist device they can wear to help them track and improve their sleep, along with activity and nutrition.  It’s being tested at several installations, even as we speak – part of what she calls her Performance Triad Initiative. You can learn more about that here.

And if it works well for our military, you can bet there’ll be some tweaking and applying this approach for us civilians.  So stay tuned!

All best,

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award