Nightmares and Insomnia Together Exacerbate Depression

New research conducted at Tokyo University suggests that nightmares have an aggravating effect on symptoms of depression, and in combination with insomnia, may significantly exacerbate the severity of the mood disorder. Interestingly, researchers found that the severity of depression was no worse among people who experienced nightmares three or more times in a week, compared to people who reported having nightmares one or two times weekly. This suggests that it’s the presence of nightmares at an even modest degree, as opposed to the frequency of the nightmares, which may exacerbate depression. Recognizing the specific concerns related to the presence of nightmares can help better identify people at higher risk of depression.

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