The Jakarta Post
One’s sleep cycle impacts the chances of depression in middle to older women, according to research. (Shutterstock/File)
Depression is a condition that impacts individuals all over the world, and while there is currently no cure, there are ways to lessen its development.
New research found that women who sleep later and wake up later have increased chances of depression. The study, which was published in The Journal of Psychiatric Research, looked at 32,470 women who had an average age of 55.
The women’s sleeping patterns and rates of depression were examined, and results found that those who were early sleepers and risers had a lower risk of depression compared to the other women.
According to the researchers, these patterns suggested that one’s sleep cycle impacted the chances of depression in middle to older women.
Still, it was noted that researchers did not account for the effects of the environment and genetics in this particular study.
This is not the first study to examine the correlation between sleep and depression. It was found previously by The National Sleep Foundation that people suffering from insomnia were up to 10 times more likely to develop depression than people without. (sul/kes)