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Research suggests patients with bipolar disorder should self-monitor sleep duration to predict mood change.
MedWire (1/6, Davenport) reports that, according to a study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, patients with bipolar disorder “should self-monitor their sleep duration in order to predict mood change.” For the study, researchers from Germany’s Technische Universit├Ąt Dresden “examined data on mood, sleep, and medications recorded every day by 101 adult bipolar disorder outpatients on a home computer for an average of 265 days. All patients received treatment as usual.” For each patient, “the team calculated a daily time series of mood, sleep duration, sleep onset, and sleep offset.” The investigators observed “a significant cross-correlation between sleep duration and mood…in 42 percent of the patients.” Therefore, the authors recommended that “patients with bipolar disorder be taught to monitor sleep duration for an oncoming mood change, rather than sleep onset or sleep offset.”

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