May 18, 2021

Inflammation, Depression, Heat Stress and Sleep

Inflammation, Depression, Heat Stress and Sleep

Its safe to say that there is a hidden depression epidemic in the sporting world. Despite the alarmingly large amount of athletes acknowledging their depression, a lot remains unknown about the role inflammation plays in the development of depression. Now, many athletes have recently spoken up about their experience with depression and as I work closer and closer with elite athletes I am realising that things like jet lag, travel schedules, sleep deprivation and nutrition all aid in the diagnosis of depression by way of inflammation which is why I got Dr Charles Raison on the podcast to help us understand the link between inflammation and depression. 

Charles Raison,  is a professor at the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Founding Director of the Center for Compassion Studies in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona. His research focuses on inflammation and the development of depression in response to illness and stress. He also examines the physical and behavioral effects of compassion training on the brain, inflammatory processes, and behavior as well as the effect of heat stress as a potentially therapeutic intervention major depressive disorder. 

In todays episode we go into  

1:Relationship between depression and inflammation: 
2. Mediators of inflammation 
3. Temperature: heat vs cold 
4. What role does hyperthermia play in depression and what are the therapeutic effects of whole-body hyperthermia for major depressive disorder.
3. The role that sleep plays in inflammation and depression
4. Light exposure and depression

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