Your Body Clock is Associated With Mood Disorders

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Your body clock is associated with mood disorders, scientists say. Disruption of the internal body clock can put you at raised risk of mood disorders.

Our internal body clocks regulate every biological process in our bodies such as eating, our blood pressure, and sleeping. The clocks change how the tissues work in a daily rhythm. It decides your sleeping time in a 24 hour day.

Now, a new research published in The Lancet Psychiatry has found that people who experience disrupted 24-hour cycles of rest and activity are more likely to develop mood disorders, as well as loneliness feelings, and lower levels of happiness. This means night owls are at higher risk of developing such conditions.

Researchers from the University of Glasgow examined the activity of 91,105 people, aged between 37 to 73 years in the UK. The participants wear asked to wear activity monitors for a week to measure how disrupted their body clocks were.

The result found that those who experienced more disruption during the night were 6% to 10% more likely to be diagnosed with a mood disorder than people who followed a common cycle of being active during the day and sleeping at night. The findings show your body clock is associated with mood disorders.

“While our findings can’t tell us about the direction of causality, they reinforce the idea that mood disorders are associated with disturbed circadian rhythms, and we provide evidence that altered rest-activity rhythms are also linked to worse subjective well-being and cognitive ability,” said Dr. Laura Lyall, study author and research associate at the University of Glasgow.

At another side, many researchers are showing concern on night shifts work or excessive use of electronics around bedtime which can negatively effect on our health.