Stress/Depression Predict Sleep Quality

Dr. Shawn Talbott (Ph.D., CNS, LDN, FACSM, FACN, FAIS) has gone from triathlon struggler to gut-brain guru! With a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry, he's on a mission to boost everyday human performance through the power of natural solutions and the gut-brain axis.

This new study outlines precisely what we are addressing with our upcoming Sleep Cookie (sleep “quality” versus sleep “quantity”)!

Chronic stress leads to depression and poor sleep quality – which leads to more stress and more depression and even worse sleep quality – in a vicious cycle that keeps repeating and is very hard to break.

Sleep Cookies help to rebalance the stress response like our very popular Stress Cookies, but they’re specifically formulated to help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer (with fewer awakenings during the night) and with MUCH improved sleep quality.

Sleep Cookies will be available in January and we’re running a special on Stress Cookies until the end of the year (buy 2 dozen Stress Cookies and 2 dozen servings of Stress Tea and get 8 servings of Stress Tea for FREE).

J Am Coll Health. 2016 Dec 12:0. [Epub ahead of print]

Multilevel Analysis Exploring the Links between Stress, Depression, and Sleep Problems among Two-Year College Students.



This study explored the association of stress and depression with a multidimensional sleep problems construct in a sample of 2-year college students.


The sample consisted of 440 students enrolled in 2-year study from fall 2011 to fall 2013.


Participants in an obesity prevention study completed surveys assessing sleep, stress, and depression at baseline, 4, 12, and 24 months. Multilevel models predicting sleep problems were conducted to distinguish episodic from chronic reports of stress and depression.


Participants were primarily female (68%), white (73%), young adults (M age = 22.8), with an average of 8.4 hours of sleep per night. Neither stress nor depression were predictive of sleep quantity; however, they were predictive of sleep quality.


Results show that sleep quality rather than sleep quantity may be the greater health concern for young adults suggesting that intervention programs targeting depression, stress management, and healthy sleep patterns are warranted.


Mental health; depression; sleep problems; stress; young adults



About the Author

Exercise physiologist (MS, UMass Amherst) and Nutritional Biochemist (PhD, Rutgers) who studies how lifestyle influences our biochemistry, psychology and behavior - which kind of makes me a "Psycho-Nutritionist"?!?!

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