According to a study based on the sleep patterns of 1,801 patients 60 yrs and older with a diagnosis of severe or mild depression, it was found they were 1.8-3.5 times more likely to remain depressed over the course of the year, in comparison to patients with no insomnia. The above findings were greater in patients receiving standard care and lower among patients receiving enhanced care. These results suggest that persistent insomnia may perpetuate depression in elderly patients, particularly those receiving standard care by primary providers.
Sleep and Depression in Post Partum women: A Population-based study 847-855

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