Sleep difficulty leads to increased risk of depression

Sleep expert Professor Dorothy Bruck will tell the Australian Psychological Society conference in Cairns tomorrow that young women who had sleeping difficulties often in the last 12 months had more than twice the risk of depression three years later.

The study showed women aged 21 to 25 years with sleeping difficulties but no evidence of depression, had an increased risk of depression when surveyed three, six and nine years later.

The data was collected from nearly 10,000 women in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health and conducted over nine years.

Professor Bruck, from the College of