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Chat with the AASM (@AASMOrg) begins at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 6. 

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AASM doctors to answer your questions about sleep and depression

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  • Depression

Patrick Murray  |  Feb 06, 2014
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The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is teaming with PBS NewsHour on Thursday to educate patients about sleep and its link to depression. In February, two studies published in the journal SLEEP looked at how poor sleep increases your risk of depression. Two AASM physicians, Dr. Timothy I. Morgenthaler and Dr. Nathaniel Watson will be on hand to answer your questions. 

The chat will be held on Thursday, February 6, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST. To participate, use the Twitter hashtag #NewsHourChats and follow @AASMOrg.

Timothy I. Morgenthaler, MD (@DrTimMorg) is the 2013 - 2014 president-elect of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and is board-certified in sleep medicine, pulmonary medicine, and critical care medicine. 

Dr. Morgenthaler is a professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and serves as the Mayo Clinic patient safety officer. His main clinical interests are sleep-disordered breathing, patient safety, and improving healthcare delivery. 

Nathaniel F. Watson (@nfwatson) is a board-certified neurologist and sleep specialist at the University of Washington Medicine Sleep Center. He currently serves on the AASM Board of Directors.  

His primary clinical interests are diagnosing sleep disorders of all types including sleep-disordered breathing, insomnia, narcolepsy and circadian rhythm disorders. Dr. Watson is the lead researcher of one of the journal SLEEP studies about depression and sleep. He talks about his research in the video below: