Mental Health

Sleep Key to Mental Health Well-Being

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According to a new study, people who get anywhere from six to nine hours of sleep every night tend to be happier, and are less likely to feel depressed than those who sleep less. At the same time, sleeping more than nine-hours isn’t a great idea either, the same study indicated.

In order to come to their conclusions, researchers analyzed the records relating to 10,654 patients who were all approximately 52-years-old. The examination period lasted two years, and conditions like gender, race and marital status were all taken into account. From there, researchers attempted to determine the subjects’ quality of life, feelings of depression and sleep duration.

In the findings, which were presented at an Associated Professional Sleep Societies meeting in Minneapolis, folks who got a normal night’s sleep consisting of six to nine hours reported high quality of life scores and low scores for depression and other similar mental health disorders.

"These results are important because they provide more information about the importance of getting enough sleep, which is usually six to nine hours per night," Dr. Charles Bae, neurologist at the Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Center in Ohio, said in a news release from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

"People may already expect that their quality of life could be decreased when they do not get enough sleep, but they may not realize that sleeping too much can also have a negative impact."