News

There is so much happening across Glasgow and the West of Scotland and our news portal will allow us to share it with you.

Researchers reveal link between body clocks and mood disorders

Image of woman napping

A new study led by the University of Glasgow has found that disrupted circadian rhythms are associated with increased risk of mood disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder.

 The study, published in the Lancet Physchiatry, used data from 91,105 participants to obtain a measure of daily rest and activity rhythms, which is called relative amplitude. Individuals with lower relative amplitude were at greater risk of several adverse mental health outcomes, even after adjusting for confounding factors, such as age, sex, lifestyle, education and previous childhood trauma.

Circadian rhythms are variations in physiology and behaviour that recur every 24 hours, such as the sleep-wake cycle and daily patterns of hormone release. Circadian rhythms occur in plants, animals and throughout biology. They are fundamental for maintaining health in humans, and integrity of circadian rhythms is particularly important for mental health and wellbeing.

Dr Laura Lyall, lead author, said: “In the largest such study ever conducted, we found a robust association between disruption of circadian rhythms and mood disorders. Previous studies have identified associations between disrupted circadian rhythms and poor mental health, but these were on relatively small samples.”

Professor Daniel Smith, Professor of Psychiatry and senior author, said: “This is an important study demonstrating a robust association between disrupted circadian rhythmicity and mood disorders.

“The next step will be to identify the mechanisms by which genetic and environmental causes of circadian disruption interact to increase an individual’s risk of depression and bipolar disorder.

“This is important globally because more and more people are living in urban environments that are known to increase risk of circadian disruption and, by extension, adverse mental health outcomes.”

 

Links

University of Glasgow

The Lancet


No Comments...


Add a comment

06 07 03 06 Audio Captcha
Add Comment
 

 

What’s happening

This is a living, breathing website with regular updates on news, blogs and events. It’s the place to come back to again and again if you want to know what’s happening in the science and technology world in Glasgow and the West of Scotland.

Subscribe to keep up to date on our latest news, blog posts and events.

News

   

Strathclyde to lead £20m programme to tackle threats to the world's oceans

The University of Strathclyde is to lead an ambitious £20 million programme – the UKRI GCRF One O...

Read more...


Aye Write! reveals 2019 programme

Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival is back in 2019 with its biggest ever line-up of authors, newly...

Read more...


Scotland’s largest social landlord generates £2bn for economy

The complete transformation of social housing in Scotland’s largest city under Glasgow Housing Ass...

Read more...

Blog

   

Equality Through Innovation: The Comedian

Anna Devitt is using the power of comedy to help disadvantaged young people in Scotland. ...

Read more...


Equality Through Innovation: The Diversifier

Pheona Matovu spent years in immigration limbo and is now helping companies to innovate by fostering...

Read more...


Optimisation and Uncertainty Quantification: Two Questions for Teachers

In an expanding world with limited resources and increasing complexity, optimisation and computation...

Read more...

Events

   

Workplace Innovation ? Creating the right working environment

Learn how to increase productivity in the workplace. ...

Read more...


Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure

Following his visits to Dorchester, Birmingham, Belfast and Glasgow, the Natural History Museum's fa...

Read more...


Microbial Makeover's LAB-Work: Lactofermentation in Practice

Lactic acid bacteria workshop with an expert teacher. ...

Read more...

previous post next post