Why 5 Hours of Sleep Is Better Than 8 Hours

Conventional wisdom within sleep medicine says 7 to 8 hours of sleep is ideal. Less than 5 hours or more than 9 hours is associated with much higher rates of depression, diabetes, stroke, and dying in general. Then why is it that some people feel great after sleeping only 4 to 5 hours, but feel terrible […]

Chicken or the Egg: Depression or Sleep Apnea?

In the wake of Robin Williams’ untimely death by suicide, I think it’s appropriate to talk about the pink elephant in the room that no one seems to notice. Mr. Williams was known to suffer from severe depression, and there are reports that he also had early stages of Parkinson’s Disease. He also battled alcohol […]

A Surprising Finding: Sleep Apnea Is Linked With Depression!

If you have sleep apnea, you’re more likely to suffer from depression. I can’t help but to be amazed that theses type of studies are still performed. I know that in the name of science, you have to show that there are statistical associations between two conditions that are thought to be related. But it’s […]

Why Having Depression Can Raise Stroke Risk in Postmenopausal Women

Here’s another study that shows an interesting observation, but an explanation using my sleep-breathing paradigm is much more satisfying. Researchers found that postmenopausal women who have a current history of depression, past history of depression, or use of antidepressant medications had a significantly higher overall risk of stroke (29% over 6 years). Having a current history of depression […]