Changing your sleep schedule by one hour has a significant impact on risk factors for major depression. Going to sleep and waking one hour earlier than usual was associated with a 23% decreased risk of developing depressive disorders.
New genetic findings related to circadian rhythm could have implications for humans, animals, and even plant life.
Light therapy which consists of exposure to both controlled natural light and artificial lighting may be a new tool in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
Night-shifts destroy the natural 24-hour biological rhythm in the activity of certain cancer-related genes, resulting in more vulnerability to DNA damage and causing a mistiming in the DNA repair mechanisms in shift workers.
Older men who experience higher blood pressure at night could be at a higher risk of Alzheimer's disease.
While drinking coffee during the day improves alertness and concentration, especially when a person is sleep-deprived, decreasing consumption six hours prior to sleep diminishes the effects of caffeine on sleep disturbances.
Ubiquitously, whether a person lives in a rural or urban area, the phases of the moon affect sleep patterns. Researchers found people sleep less and go to bed later on nights before a full moon. Findings suggest our circadian cycles appear to be synchronized with luna phases.
Researchers reveal the role hundreds of miRNAs appear to play in modulating circadian rhythm.