A study has shown that getting less than five hours of sleep a night on a regular basis can increase the risk of depression.
Researchers have known for a long time that poor mental health causes sleep problems. But from an analysis of more than 7000 people, scientists have found that poor sleep causes symptoms of depression. According to experts from University College London, data shows that people who sleep less than five hours. They are more likely to suffer from this condition. The study’s lead author, Odessa Hamilton, said that the relationship between less than the required amount of sleep and depression is like the chicken and the egg. These conditions occur together but it is not known which condition occurs first.
Researchers analyzed genetic and health data from 7,146 people in their 60s in the study.
This analysis was based on the genetic characteristics of these individuals. Over the past few years, sleep experts have discovered some unique DNA patterns associated with people’s sleep patterns.
The study found that people whose genetics were altered by getting less than five hours of sleep were 2.5 times more likely to develop depression over the next four to 12 years.