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Sleep deprivation

Posted by Dinah on March 15, 2012, at 10:31:54

I already knew that sleep deprivation can bring on mild hypomania in me. But apparently it can reset my circadian rhythm to help depression as well.

When I was feeling so depressed, I noticed that I was waking up early and feeling most capable in the morning. I'm a night person (or at least I'm not a morning person) so this wasn't my normal pattern. After a few nights of little or no sleep, I'm back to feeling incapable of anything until late morning, but not particularly depressed. I'm still feeling a bit apathetic and my concentration is poor, but that's not so bad.

I think I glanced at a news article saying that Lithium may work by regulating circadian rhythms of people with bipolar disorder. I'm sort of bipolarish, if not actually meeting the criteria of I or II. It's an interesting thought that I might be able to change mood trends by trying to reset my personal clock.




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