According to a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry that monitored and analyzed sleep patterns and circadian rhythms in people with schizophrenia, sleep issues more often plague those with schizophrenia than those without the condition. Russel Foster, who was among those involved in the study and circadian and visual neuroscientist at the University of Oxford, said those results suggest that schizophrenia and sleep are more closely connected than previously realized.
The study gives hope that by overcoming insomnia, patients may experience improvements to their schizophrenia symptoms.
About 80 percent of schizophrenia patients also experience problems sleeping, Foster said, but this is usually considered to be a side effect of medication rather than a symptom of the illness itself. “That didn't make too much sense to me.”
Foster and his colleagues realized that people with other mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder and depression, also experience trouble sleeping.
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