January 28, 2005

The snuggletatsic theory of depression

I haven't really finalised the details and implications, but in one of the 3 hours of insomnia last night I conglomerated the following facts/trends:

  1. I am often depressed
  2. I often feel tired
  3. I often want a hug
  4. When I'm depressed I feel even tireder
  5. When I'm tired I feel more in need of a hug
  6. When I'm depressed a hug can reduce depression
  7. I have noticed similar trends to 4, 5 and 6 in other people

Now, the link between tiredness and depression is quite well observed, but has there been a proper in-depth study of the effect of snuggling? If it reduces depression and reduced depression reduces tiredness, then theoretically hugging should reduce tiredness. On the other hand, the links are not quite so clearly defined and may have other explainations.

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  1. 4 and 6 do apply to me as well. i think whether tiredness can be reduced by hugging depends on what type of tiredness you're talking about. it might have some indirect effect on the depression enhanced type, but probably not the type of tiredness, when you're actually just physically tired. on the other hand, a hug may even enhance the type of comfortable tiredness, because it may cause further relaxation (think a couple snuggled up in bed just before falling asleep). but what do i know?

    28 Jan 2005, 10:20

  2. Grogger

    Is this The Jarvism? It's very similar.

    28 Jan 2005, 10:50

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