Sleep Schedules Can Lead To Mental, Physical Illnesses
Much like a clock on the wall, our cells have their own 24-hour timeline. When they’re in sync, our body clock may act as a protective barrier against mental and physical illnesses.
Richard Friedman, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, recently recalled a U.S. patient who suffered from manic depression. The man became depressed after returning from a trip to Europe, but seemed to snap out of it after a fun trip out West.
“He didn’t need drugs; he needed the right doses of sleep and sunlight at the right time,” the psychiatrist wrote. “It turns out that that prescription could treat much of what ails us.”
Our circadian rhythm represents the biochemical and physiological processes that rise and fall over the course of 24 hours, including those related to hormones, body temperatures and eating and digesting food.
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