This Article in Scientific American, in Nov of 2012 is essentially about treating people with depression and various other psychiatric symptoms with a healthy sleep schedule. They also touch on a growing concern in our nation sleep apnea. This can be said to be a side effect of our ever growing nation, not in numbers but in pounds. They present that getting a healthy dose of uninterrupted sleep will promote a natural balance in the brain there by easing symptoms of depression. There is also a good amount of research on sleep apnea stating that when you stop breathing so often through the night your brain isn’t getting the REM sleep it needs for the next day causing that dragging feeling that can only make symptoms of ...view middle of the document...
He even took me off my antidepressants because he said they were making me too tired during the day which was also prohibiting my sleep at night. So that night after I took my medicine I slept like a log and woke up feeling better than I had in many months. I also had gained about 20 lbs and this could also be causing the apnea mentioned in the article.
I was hesitant at first but this really works. My brain was running on fumes and all it needed was rest. I haven’t been back on the anti depressants and though I am still grieving and get sad I am not sad all day and night and my brain is rested enough to do other functions and not be stuck in the idle position. I have also started to notice when I walk everyday I feel better too so I am going to see if the apnea article can help me get an even better nights rest.
I am going to start getting into a good work out routine and see if by losing my extra weight I can get rid of my slight apnea and make me feel even better.
I chose this article relevant to SCI 1020 because of the two discussions we had about “why are we fat” I gained that weight because I was depressed and tired and lazy. I think it fit right in with that whole discussion. When I am better rested I am more likely to get moving that day and get some exercise which in turn makes me feel better emotionally. I really enjoyed this article and it gave me some great insight on my own personal psychiatric issues and things I am trying to get accomplished in my life. And it was proof my shrink isn’t crazy! I am also excited to get rid of some extra weight and see if it will help me too.