Your Body Clock Is Linked To Risk Of Developing Mood Disorders

Your Body Clock Is Linked To Risk Of Developing Mood Disorders

"This study is the first large-scale investigation of the association of objectively measured circadian rhythmicity with various mental health, well-being, personality and cognitive outcomes, with an unprecedented sample size of more than 90 000 participants", Doherty wrote in an email.

On moving from one group to the next lowest for relative amplitude, the team found among other results that the odds of loneliness increased by 9%, and ever having had depression or bipolar disorder by 6% and 11% respectively.

Researchers from the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom noted that a regular sleep-wake cycle is "crucial" for mental health and well-being, as they associate certain forms of disruption with mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.

"How do we take account of our natural patterns of rest and activity and how do we design cities or jobs to protect people's mental health?" said Daniel Smith, professor of psychiatry at the University of Glasgow and lead author of the research. The participants were aged between 37 and 73 years.

Daniel Smith, professor of psychiatry at the University of Glasgow and lead author of the research explained that by 2050 nearly two thirds of the population would be living in the cities where there is an evident disruption of the circadian rhythm.

They are also likely to feel more lonely and less happy, the study revealed.

A study of 91,000 people found following your body's natural clock is vital to stay mentally healthy. Those who do not have a greater chance of developing mental disorders

Sticking to a normal daily rhythm - being active during the day and sleeping at night - can have more benefits than you might expect. If the participants was highly active at late hours, or inactive during the day, this was classed as a disruption, Business Insider reports. This study, explain researchers, is vital in understanding the balance between rest and activity. Disruption to these rhythms has been shown to profoundly affect human health.

The findings have significant public health consequences, particularly for those who live in urban areas, where circadian rhythms are often disrupted due to artificial light, according to Smith. Meanwhile, measures of happiness and health satisfaction dropped, and reaction times became slower. This meant those people who were up at their mobile phones at night or woke up for a snack or tea or a drink middle of the night.

While Smith admitted the figures were small, he said they were noteworthy.

Based on the observational nature of the study, the researchers were unable to show causality, meaning it is unclear whether the sleep disturbances caused the mental health problems or vice versa.

DISRUPTION TO THE body's internal clock is associated with greater susceptibility to mood disorders such as severe depression and bipolar disorder, the largest study of its kind has found. "Especially in the winter, making sure you get out in the morning in the fresh air is just as important in getting a good night's sleep as not being on your mobile phone".

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