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Associations between sleep quality and anxiety and depression symptoms in a sample of young adult twins and siblings.

Gregory, Alice M.; Buysse, Daniel J.; Willis, Thomas A.; Rijsdijk, Fruhling V.; Maughan, Barbara; Rowe, Richard; Cartwright, Sally; Barclay, Nicola L. and Eley, Thalia C.. 2011. Associations between sleep quality and anxiety and depression symptoms in a sample of young adult twins and siblings. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 71, pp. 250-255. [Article]

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Objectives: Little is known about the aetiology of the links between sleep disturbance and anxiety and depression symptoms. The aim of this study was to estimate genetic and environmental influences on these associations.

Methods: Questionnaires were completed by 1556 young adults from twin and sibling pairs (61.5% female).

Results: Sleep disturbance was moderately correlated with symptoms of anxiety (r=.39) and depression (r=.50). There was substantial overlap between genes influencing sleep disturbance and those influencing symptoms of anxiety (rA=.58) and depression (rA=.68). Overall, the associations between sleep and symptoms of both anxiety and depression were mainly due to genes (explaining 74% and 58% of the covariances respectively), with the remainder due to nonshared environmental factors.

Conclusions: Moderate phenotypic and genetic correlations between the phenotypes support the view that sleep disturbance is related to the presence of various psychiatric difficulties, but also warrants independent consideration and treatment.

Item Type:

Article

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
2011Published

Item ID:

7019

Date Deposited:

02 Jul 2012 10:31

Last Modified:

11 Jul 2018 03:55

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/7019

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