Sleep, Obesity, Depression

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SOD’s law

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My history (briefly)

Sleep Apnœa

Image taken from: The Vinylology

Obesity

Depression

“For over two decades clinical studies have been conducted which suggest the existence of a relationship between depression and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).”[3]

Impaired Fasting Glycaemia

“The relationship between sleep-disordered breathing and impaired glucose-insulin metabolism is independent of obesity and age.”

Action

Lunch on the day I wrote this.

Change

Anti-climax?

Plot twist

“Many clinical observations relate an early (between day 2 and day 7) effect of fasting on depressive symptoms with an improvement in mood, alertness and a sense of tranquility reported by patients.”[8]

SOD’s Law revisited

  1. If sleep is the thing you’re trying to deal with, remember it may be a symptom, not the problem:
    a. Obesity can impact on your sleep quality.
    b. Depression, especially intrusive ruminative thoughts, can make getting to sleep difficult.
  2. If obesity is the thing you’re trying to deal with, remember it may be a symptom, not the problem:
    a. Sleep can change the way your body deals with food, especially glucose levels in the morning.
    b. Depression can lead to food-related problems, and makes even contemplating exercise difficult.
  3. If depression is the thing you’re trying to deal with, remember it may be a symptom, not the problem:
    a. Sleep can help with the mental clarity and focus that depression inhibits.
    b. Obesity can make engaging in depression-lifting behaviours more difficult to engage in, and can be a focus for depressive self-criticism.
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Boring but necessary notes of caution

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Psychology graduate with interests in values and morality, cognition and executive function, and High Functioning Depression. Kiwi living in London, UK.

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Alan Duval, MBPsS

Alan Duval, MBPsS

Psychology graduate with interests in values and morality, cognition and executive function, and High Functioning Depression. Kiwi living in London, UK.

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