Sleep and social jet lag: Many of us typically sleep less on weekdays than on weekends, when we may stay up later but don’t need an alarm clock, and can ‘sleep in’. The pattern, then, can be to become progressively sleep deprived during the workweek, and try to pay back this sleep debt, with slightly different timing, on the weekend. Till Roenneberg at the University of Munich coined the term ‘social jet lag’ for when this disparity becomes significant, and suggested that it might occur in two-thirds of the population (1). In a sense, it is as if a person flies from Paris to New York on Friday evenings, and returns on Monday. The repercussions from living out of phase with the environment are only beginning to be understood. One consequence of social jet lag—which involves both issues and timing and amount of sleep—can be an increased risk of becoming overweight or obese. It is also associated with smoking and mood changes, as well as increased … [Read more...] about Sleep and circadian rhythms during the COVID-19 lockdown
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“Media attention may have been a mixed blessing,” state the researchers, led by Marta Malesza of the University of Economics and Human Sciences in Warsaw, Poland. “On the one hand, rapid communication of the risks of infection would seem to promote healthy behavior change and reduce the spread of contagion. On the other hand, mass media coverage of a pandemic can potentially lead to mass hysteria and fear.” … [Read more...] about 4 Tips to Manage Your Mindset Through the Pandemic
The researchers believe their work offers a path forward for the many therapists and mental health workers seeking to understand how to best treat the effects of pandemic-induced anxiety and distress. They state, “These findings imply that the Covid-19 pandemic represents not only a major medical and economic crisis, but also has a psychological dimension” and that “psychological practitioners should address potential declines in subjective well-being with their clients and attempt to enhance clients’ general capability to use functional stress appraisals and effective coping strategies.” … [Read more...] about 6 Coping Strategies to Ease Your Pandemic Anxiety
While youth, good nutrition, and a healthy body can be protective, research is also showing us that the mind and how we perceive the world can also play an important role in how well we can fend off infection. Your ability to fight viruses and bacteria may also be decided by the level of stress you have, as well as whether you are generally a happy person or an anxious one. Some studies have shown that adults who go through long term stressors like caring for sick loved ones or have to persevere through nerve-wracking work conditions over a long time period have higher rates of respiratory tract infections from the common cold—which is a coronavirus. It is likely chronic stress makes it harder for our body to fight this new coronavirus too. … [Read more...] about Immunity and the Mind: 7 Steps
A long-standing debate in the field of psychology has been whether moving to a new location makes people happier. One school of thought says yes. In fact, it may be exactly the type of "fresh start" people need to re-calibrate their happiness. Another suggests that while a move might provide us with a temporary lift in mood, it is most common for our happiness to return to its baseline, pre-move level. … [Read more...] about Would Moving to a New City or Country Make You Happier?