Letter to the Editor: The effect of ECT on sleep - A comment to Winkler et al.

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Recent publications in this journal have suggested that successful electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in depressed patients is associated with a phase advance, similar to what has been reported with antidepressant medications. Herein we review the effects of ECT on polysomnographic (PSG) sleep, and we conclude with the observation that ECT reliably increases PSG total sleep time and probably has a suppressive effect on rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Remarkably, there is less information available on the topic of the effect of ECT on the patient's perception of their sleep.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-240
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Psychiatric Research
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2015



  • Actigraphy
  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Insomnia
  • Phase advance
  • Polysomnography
  • Sleep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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