PEOPLE WITH DEPRESSION MIGHT WANT TO TRY DOING AN ALL-NIGHTER TO FEEL BETTER FOR DAYS
Depression is something everyone, everywhere is familiar with, if not personally. Though let’s be honest, everyone feels some degree of depression from time to time. But for millions of people, depression can be a clinical issue that never seems to go away, leaving some desperate for some kind of help. Prescriptions of all kinds are available, as anyone who’s watched any television knows from the commercials; especially the rapid auction speed voice reading off the dangerous list of possible side effects. But one recent option for some people has been ketamine, which can tip things in a better direction for some. But now, one study found that one all-nighter could help fight depressin just as much as ketamine?
DOING AN ALL-NIGHTER FORCES YOUR BRAIN TO RELEASE MORE DOPAMINE, AND LITERALLY REWIRES IT TEMPORARILY
The study was done at Northwestern University, where neurobiologists realized that one, single night of no sleep at all can reverse depression for several days. I’m happy to hear this, though fairly confused, as sleepless nights don’t seem to have done this for me. Perhaps I was too tired to notice? Regardless, when you don’t sleep at all for a night, aka an all-nighter, your brain release more dopamine, and increases your synaptic plasticity. In other words, your brain gets rewired from the trauma of no sleep. And that trauma then seems to also have a positive effect in getting rid of depression for several days.
ONE ALL-NIGHTER COULD HELP FIGHT DEPRESSION JUST AS MUCH AS TAKING KETAMINE
But moodiness is still at play with no sleep, which can include more aggressiveness as well as other hyper issues some might want to avoid. I am one of many people who have lost track of the ability to discern the difference between exhaustion and depression since the Covid pandemic “rewired” everyone’s brains. And like many people, I don’t really have the domestic luxury of doing an all-nighter to try to feel better for any number of days. If I’m thinking of trying that, I believe I’d rather try ketamine to get similar results.
Well, or trying almost anything else besides intentionally losing sleep. Bourbon in my coffee, maybe, in the morning after a full night’s sleep. You can read about the study here.