Health Sleep mental health A disrupted body clock has been linked to an increased risk of developing mental disorders, including depression and bipolarity, in a new study. Researchers in the U.K. made the conclusion by studying the circadian rhythm: our waking and sleeping patterns throughout the 24-hour sleep cycle. Dr. Laura Lyall, research associate in mental health and wellbeing at Glasgow University and lead author of the study, said in a statement: “In the largest such study ever conducted, we found a robust association between disruption of circadian rhythms and mood disorders. “Previous studies have identified associations between disrupted circadian rhythms and poor mental health, but these were on relatively small samples.” Recommended Slideshows 51 Top 50 Countries in the World 51 In Pictures: The 50 Most Powerful Military Forces in the World 51 Royal Wedding: 50 Things to Know about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Upcoming … [Read more...] about What Is the Circadian Rhythm? Disrupted Body Clock Linked to Depression in New Study
Story highlights People with consistent sleep-wake cycles were less likely to develop major depression and bipolar disorder Those with more disruptions to their circadian rhythms had reduced cognitive functioning in the new study (CNN)Sticking to a normal daily rhythm -- being active during the day and sleeping at night -- can have more benefits than you might expect. A new study found that it is linked to improvements in mood and cognitive functioning as well as a decreased likelihood of developing major depression and bipolar disorder. The study, published Tuesday in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry, looked at disruptions in the circadian rhythms -- or daily sleep-wake cycles -- of over 91,000 adults in the United Kingdom. It measured these disruptions using a device called an accelerometer that is worn on the wrist and measures one's daily activity levels. The participants were taken from the UK Biobank, a large cohort of over half a million UK adults ages 37 to 73. The … [Read more...] about Maintaining a daily rhythm is important for mental health, study suggests
Friday, May 11, 2018 by: Zoey Sky Tags: body clock, cell powerhouse, cellular energy, cellular energy metabolism, circadian clock, circadian rhythm, Drp1, fission protein, goodhealth, goodscience, metabolic processes, mind body science, mitochondrial network, sleep (Natural News) To ensure that you stay healthy, you know you have to rest. Now, a study has revealed WHY we need to get enough sleep at night. According to researchers from the University of Basel, “[cellular] energy metabolism also follows the rhythm of the circadian clock.” The study has explored exactly how this works by explaining the link between the circadian rhythm and the mitochondrial network for the first time. There are various genetically controlled clocks inside different parts of our bodies, like our heart, kidneys, and liver. These clocks have all sorts of functions, one of which is triggering many metabolic processes to that these happen at the optimal time of day. … [Read more...] about Our cellular energy ebbs and flows according to our circadian rhythms, according to research
Thursday, May 03, 2018 by: Jessica Dolores Tags: body clock, circadian rhythm, jet lag, Latitude, light and dark, light-dark cycles, natural rhythms, sleep cycles, sunrise and sunset, sunrise patterns, sunset patterns, Travel Tips (Natural News) We’d like to think that we have full control of our habits – when we wake up, sleep, work, and do other things. However, A new University of Seville study has just shown that we’re ruled by where we stand on Earth, and by the light-dark (LD) cycles that govern it. José María Martín Olalla, a professor at the University of Seville, in a paper published in Scientific Reports, said his analysis of European laborers’ daily activities and sources of social synchronization showed that people tend to do things based on latitudinal patterns tied to the light/dark cycle. In other words, people ‘memorize’ the shortest photoperiod (daytime) of the year, and base their activities … [Read more...] about Evaluating how human rhythms are affected by light, darkness, and the clock
Scientists working with adults who fixate on negative thoughts have noted a link between this distressing compulsion and poorer-quality sleep, as well as shorter sleep duration. Repetitive negative thinking occurs when a person compulsively lingers on thoughts and stimuli that are distressing and unhelpful, which often leads to a decreased quality of life and the emergence of mental health problems, tied to depression and anxiety, in particular. Prof. Meredith E. Coles and Jacob A. Nota, both of whom are from the State University of New York at Binghamton, conducted a study that focused on the link between repetitive thoughts of moderate and high intensity — also referred to as "worry" and "rumination," respectively — and an individual's nightly sleep duration and habits. Their findings have been reported in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. The researchers recruited 52 participants aged between 18 and 65, all of whom had scored highly on the … [Read more...] about Is lack of sleep to blame for repetitive negative thoughts?