Dec 302008
 

LAHORE: Insomnia has been linked to paranoid delusions after researchers in the UK questioned people with a history of mental health problems and compared the results to answers from healthy volunteers, a report in The Telegraph said on Monday. Experts found that 70 percent of ordinary people who scored highly for self-reported symptoms of paranoia had difficulty sleeping. On the flip side, more than half of the psychiatric patients, who all experienced feelings of persecution, suffered from moderate to severe insomnia. Experts said the results show that good quality sleep is vital for mental health as well as physical health. Sleeping problems have already been linked to heart disease and shift workers are known to be at higher risk of certain cancers, the report said. Dr Daniel Freeman, from the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, who led the research, said, “As most of us know, a few nights of poor sleep can make us feel stressed, muddled in our thinking, and disconnected from the world.” “These are ideal conditions for paranoid fears to take hold. Regular, good quality sleep is important to our psychological well-being.” Insomnia is known to cause stress, anxiety and depression, which are themselves associated with paranoid thoughts. “The good news is that there are several, tried-and-tested ways to overcome insomnia,” he said. “In particular, cognitive behaviour therapy has proven benefits.” daily times monitor; 30th December, 2008

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