- Disruption to the body’s internal clock may put people at increased risk of mood disorders, scientists say.
- A Lancet Psychiatry study of 91,000 people found a disrupted body clock was linked with depression, bipolar disorder and other problems.
- The study found higher rates of major depression, bipolar disorder, more loneliness, lower happiness, worse reaction times and more mood instability in people with body-clock disruption.
- The body clock certainly exerts a powerful effect throughout the body.
- Mood, hormone levels, body temperature and metabolism all fluctuate in a daily rhythm.
- “Prof Smith said:”The study tells us the body clock is really important for mood disorders and should be given greater priority in research and in way we organise societies.
- Dr Aiden Doherty, from the University of Oxford, said: “The study population is not ideal to examine the causes of mental health, given that 75% of disorders start before the age of 24 years.”