Sleep as a remedy for depression and dissatisfaction: 5 tips for more fun in life


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Insufficient sleep is unhealthy and can lead to serious illnesses. Because sleep has many positive effects. One of the most important: It is mood enhancer and therefore the number 1 fun-maker.

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Dr. Chris Winter is a well-known sleep doctor and neurologist.

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Healthy sleep affects the whole body

Do you remember the fill-in-the-blank games from your childhood like "Uncle Otto is sitting in the bathtub"? I loved this game. The leaves were filled with gap stories. The players provided adjectives, verbs and nouns and the result was a somewhat illogical but very funny story. I have always imagined sleep and its relationship to other medical disorders as these blanks. In the connection between sleep and the many other bodily processes, there is practically no illness or organ system with which no kind of relationship can be found.

Funny, is not it? The astonishing thing about this form of gap fill for sleep is that there are relatively few ways to falsify the story by inserting words so that it is no longer true. With "illness" you could have entered hypertension, heart attack, stroke, obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart failure, migraines, atrial fibrillation, depression, bedwetting or neurodegenerative diseases and memory disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. The list can be continued as desired and all answers result in one Sense! As you read this book, think of sleep as one of the basic processes in your body that you can actually change.

The 3 main pillars of good health

For me, the three main pillars of good health over which we can exercise some control are: diet, exercise, and sleep. Sleep is an amazingly important process in our body. If you are taking just one piece of information from this book with you, please be aware that sleep is not the absence of alertness. In other words, sleep is not a kind of light switch in the brain that is either "On" (while you are reading this book, drinking a coffee) or "Off" (when you are sleeping). At night while you sleep, your body does amazing things.

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Incidentally, I would like to tell you that I am not only a sleep expert, but also a trained neurologist or brain doctor. Sleep experts are often neurologists, but they can also be psychiatrists, pulmonologists, internists / general practitioners and even pediatricians. Why should a pulmonologist specialize in sleep? I have no idea. Sleep seems to have as much or little to do with the lungs as with the kidney or spleen!

Doctors are not sleep experts

According to the scientist Raymond Rosen, most doctors receive less than two hours of training in the entire field of sleep during their four-year medical studies. Research conducted in 2007 by Mihai Teodorescu and sleep expert Ronald Chervin found that sleep is dramatically underrepresented in medical textbooks. When you consider that our psychiatric lecture on men who fantasize about their wives' shoes lasted thirty minutes, you can see how dramatically underrepresented all sleep medicine was in our curriculum.

Despite the often minimal training in sleep medicine, sleep disorders are among the most common problems that patients see a doctor for. However, it can be difficult for your doctor to try to treat a problem that involves something other than an old guy who dreams of attacking wildlife. This is not supposed to be an attack on the general practitioners of the world. As their health insurance reimbursements decrease and their contributions to malpractice insurance increase, they see more patients in less time.

Sleep problems are often neglected

Often, their patients have multiple diagnoses that require medical attention, making sleep problems unimportant. Criticizing a family doctor for not being able to successfully treat sleep disorders is like being upset with a pathologist about a difficult delivery - it's just not their job.

Even though practically every body system or body organ is influenced in some way by sleep, the sleep center lies in the brain. This is where sleep arises and where it is controlled. Sleep is a neurological process, so sleep is about the brain. Therefore, we will also begin to examine the influence that bad sleep has on our body there. If you think your nights out or your crazy shift work isn't a big deal, you might want to sit down before reading on. Poor sleep that lasts for a long time is like a failed plastic surgery: risky, expensive, and anything but beautiful.

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5 tips: How sleep improves mood

And sleep can do something completely different: it can improve your mood. Wouldn't you like something to help lighten your mood? Try sleeping. Seriously! Poor sleep can lead to depression and negative mood. Now would be the right time to put on your favorite album. In the meantime, I'll tell you how sleep improves mood.

  1. Poor sleep alone can significantly depress mood and has been associated with worsening depression and anxiety. Some mental health professionals consider the link between depression and insomnia to be so important that they do not diagnose depression in a patient who shows no signs of a sleep disorder.
  2. Frequent waking up during the night, regardless of the reasons, can significantly contribute to a poor mood and negative emotions. In his 2015 study, scientist Patrick Finan of Johns Hopkins University found that the effects of sleep interruptions on mood can be more serious than the effects of sleeping too short.
  3. Disorders of the day / night rhythm are often associated with depression and other mood disorders. As patients spend more time in bed and withdraw from typical activities, their daily schedule and sleep / wake cycle become chaos. As in the Law & Order episodes, eating, exercising and sleeping happen at any time of the day or night.
  4. Patients with obstructive sleep apnea are often known to have depression. In 2015, David R. Hillman and colleagues from the University of Western Australia found in a study that treating sleep apnea can significantly reduce the incidence of depression, from 73 percent to 4 percent.
  5. Patients with bipolar disorder can have significant problems sleeping. During manic episodes, there can be long periods of time in which the patient cannot sleep. A 2015 study showed that depressive episodes can be associated with the risk of poor sleep quality, sleepiness and problems with bedtime.

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