If you feel like your mood is all over the place, it might have something to do with your sleep.A new study published in The Lancet looks at how your internal clock impacts mental health. Your mood has a lot to do with your sleep schedule. Disrupting your internal clock may put you at a higher risk for mood disorders including depression, bipolar disorder, loneliness, unhappiness and general mood instability.More than 91,000 participants wore motion tracking devices on their wrist for a week. That data was used to classify their internal clocks as disrupted or not disrupted.People who were inactive during the day and active at night were classified as disrupted. Those individuals were between 6 and 10 percent more likely to have been diagnosed with a mood disorder. The researchers say the body's clock plays a crucial role in mood, but by how much remains unclear.The study's participants were between ages 37 and 73. But most mood disorders appear before age 24.Also, researchers can't … [Read more...] about New study looks at how your internal clock impacts your mental health
People who were more active at night were at increased risk of depression, according to a new studyResearchers believe that your internal clock is confused when you are more active at nightMore studies are needed to determine the link between mood disorders and circadian rhythms Night owls, here's another reason to stop watching Netflix until 2 a.m.: a new study found a link between staying up late and depression. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Every biological process, from eating to sleeping, is controlled by the body's circadian rhythms, or internal clock. These rhythms are regulated by the environment, so when it's sunny, our bodies yearn to be awake; when it's dark, our rhythms tell us it's time for bed. Irregular circadian rhythms confuse the body, and they've been linked to weight gain and diabetes. Now, a new study published in The Lancet Psychiatry says disrupting your natural clock could also increase your risk of mood disorders by up to 10 percent.Researchers from … [Read more...] about Throwing Off Your Body’s Biological Clock Could Put You at Risk for Depression
(Natural News) A new study found that the disturbances in the body clock of people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease can also develop much earlier in people whose memories are intact but their brain scans show early, preclinical evidence of Alzheimer’s. The study was carried out by a team of researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis who evaluated the associations between circadian function, aging, and preclinical Alzheimer’s pathology in cognitively normal adults.In conducting the study, the team monitored the circadian rhythms of 189 cognitively normal, older adults with a mean average of 66 from Washington University’s Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. All of them wore devices like exercise trackers for seven to 14 days and accomplished a detailed sleep diary each morning to monitor how dispersed rest and activity were throughout a day. Some had positron emission tomography (PET) scans in search for … [Read more...] about Alzheimer’s disrupts the body clock, providing early clues for potential diagnosis
(Natural News) Should you quit the night shift? Research says that you probably should — if you’re a woman. That’s what a team of researchers in China found out: According to their study, women who work night shifts are at higher risk of certain cancers.The results determined that working the night shift increased the likelihood of developing cancer by as much as 19 percent. It also highlighted specific cancers: People who worked the night shift had elevated their risk of skin cancer by 41 percent, breast cancer by 32 percent, and stomach cancer by 18 percent.Researchers said that nurses who worked night shift faced the highest risk: Those who worked night shifts were 58 percent more likely to develop breast cancer, 35 percent more likely to have gastrointestinal cancer, and 28 percent more likely to get lung cancer than those who didn’t work at night.Xuelei Ma, an assistant professor at Sichuan University in China, said of the findings: … [Read more...] about Decreased melatonin disrupts the body clock and increases cancer risk: Night workers found to have highest risk
Researchers are currently exploring the potential of a new drug in the fight against brain cancer. The drug targets the circadian rhythm, or "internal clock" of the body, at a cellular level, which stalls the cancer cells' growth. Brain and central nervous system (CNS) cancers are aggressive and often resilient to the normal therapies prescribed in these cases, such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimate that there were around 23,800 new cases of brain and CNS cancers last year, which amounts to 1.4 percent of all new cancer cases. Following treatment, only 33.6 percent of these people survived for 5 years or longer in the 2007–2013 period. Over the years, specialists have focused on devising new and much more effective treatments for brain cancer, in an effort to improve the rates of remission and survival. Now, researchers led by Dr. Satchidananda Panda, from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies … [Read more...] about Could targeting the body clock stall brain cancer?