The researchers found that maintaining a healthy internal body clock, which basically means staying more active during the day and sleeping properly at night, has a positive impact on the overall health of a person.
As per a new study, published in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry on May 15, a disruption in the internal body clock or also called as circadian rhythms, has a link with the developing mental and some mood disorders.
The researchers of the study from the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom said that having a regular sleep and wake cycle is very significant for the mental well-being and health, as they are linked to increase the risk of bipolar disorder, depression and some other kind of mood orders.
For the study, over 91,000 adults in the United Kingdom, between the age group of 37-73 years, were asked to participate in the study. They were given activity monitors to be worn for a week to help the researchers measure the disruption in their internal body clock.
The results of the study revealed that the people who had a disrupted body clock were more likely to get the symptoms for major bipolar disorder and depression. These people were also likely to have a lowered feeling of staying healthy.
Notably, the internal body clock is located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus region of the human brain. The internal clock figures out the current time of the day by using the cues from sunlight and then transmits the information to the peripheral clocks located in the entire body.
However, there are many factors that can cause a disruption in the internal clock like aging, working in night shifts, use of artificial lights, travelling across different time zones, and some kind of diseases. But as per the study, the most harmful effect of having a disrupted internal body clock is a risk of mental disorders. Therefore, one must try to take care and avoid care of their biological clock.