Can Insomnia Cure Depression?

Extensive research over the past 40 years shows that sleep deprivation is a quick, inexpensive and effective treatment for depression. So why isn't this fact more well known?

Extensive research over the past 40 years shows that sleep deprivation is a quick, inexpensive and effective treatment for depression. So why isn't this more well known? Because keeping someone awake to induce euphoria only has short-term benefits, and isn't as convenient as taking a pill, points out professor Terry Sejnowski. Nonethless, the fact that depression can be treated this way suggests that there is something in the sleeping brain that brings on depression.

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Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."

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Two massive clouds of dust in orbit around the Earth have been discussed for years and finally proven to exist.

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Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.

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