Study: more sleep made anti-depressants more effective

A group of people taking anti-depressants had much higher rates of remission of their depression.

- A new study by the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at the University of Michigan Medical School found that patients on anti-depressants who got two extra hours of sleep in bed at night had higher rates of remission of their depression.

During the eight-week study of 68 adults on Prozac with moderate or severe depression, some were told to stay in bed for eight hours while others were told to stay in bed six hours, all following specific bed and wake-up times.

The study found that after two weeks, when patients slept eight hours, 63 percent of them had their depression symptoms in remission while only 33 percent of patients had their symptoms in remission. 

Symptoms went into remission nearly a week earlier on average for the patients who slept longer.

"It's important to keep a regular bed time and wake up time. The more you can keep up the regular schedule the better. Talk with your psychiatrist about your sleep if you’re taking anti-depressants," said Dr. Roshini Raj, FOX 5 News contributor.

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