Studies Find New Links between Sleep Duration and Depression

woman taking a restDr M. Safwan Badr, president of the Academy of Sleep Medicine, emphasizes that prioritizing sleep will promote physical, mental and emotional health. A recent study of 1,788 adult twins was the first that demonstrated a gene by environment interaction between self-reported habitual sleep duration and depressive symptoms.

Dr Nathaniel Watson, the principal investigator, reports that the heritability of depressive symptoms in twins with very short sleep was nearly twice the heritability in twins sleeping normal amounts of time. The genetic influence on depressive symptoms associated with short sleep duration of five hours per night increased to 53%. Both short and excessively long sleep durations activate genes related to depressive symptoms. Treatments for depression can therefore be maximized through optimum sleep.

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Somnowell Inventor - Visiting Professor Simon Ash FDS MSc MOrth BDS

Prof. Ash is the inventor of the highly successful SOMNOWELL Chrome device for snoring and sleep apnoea.

The Somnowell Chrome is made to exacting standards in the Somnowell laboratory under the supervision of Visiting Professor Simon Ash. Prof. Ash and his master technicians create each Somnowell Chrome device using their wealth of experience and expertise.

Prof. Ash works at the forefront of his profession. He is a Consultant and Specialist Orthodontist with over 30 years clinical experience, with a special interest in sleep related breathing disorders, TMJD, and bruxism. He currently works in Harley Street London and two private hospitals in London as part of a multi-disciplinary team managing snoring and sleep apnoea, and is Visiting Professor of Orthodontics at the BPP University.