There’s a fascinating article in the New York Times about the link between sleepless nights and relief from depression. It has been reported that a sleepless night has in some cases offered relief from depression. While not sleeping is not any sort of treatment in itself – it causes its own cognitive problems – scientists hope that there is something in the brain chemistry resulting from sleeplessness that might provide future treatments.
I remember back in my student days feeling a strange high after a sleepless night… followed inevitably by utter collapse a couple of hours later. Who would have ever thought I was at the cutting edge of science?