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By Lisa Marie Basile for

There’s always been talk of ‘getting enough sleep’ if you’re depressed or depression affecting our circadian rhythm so much that you either sleep all the time or not at all, but new research really has gotten to the bottom of it.

A new study researching sleep patterns has revealed that sleep rhythms were off in people with psychiactic disorders—namely, clinical depression. The research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences yesterday, and is hoping to pave the way for future therapies.

The deal is this: there are genes inside our brains, and they follow a routine based off a master clock, which kind of follows the light and darkness during our days and nights. Okay. So, the team autopsied 89 post-mortem brains—brains from people who died at 89 different times of the day. In this way, they were allowed to survey the gene activity at the exact times of death, searching for differences and similarities across individuals.

Keep reading for more on the link between sleep disruption and depression…

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