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Disrupted body clock may cause mood disorders,depression

London, May 16: Experiencing depression, mood instability, loneliness? Blame the disruption in your body’s internal clock, researchers say. The study revealed that disturbances to the body’s internal clock or the circadian rhythms are also associated with lower happiness and health satisfaction, and worse cognitive function. Our 24-hour biological body clock governs the fundamental physiological and behavioural functions including from body temperature to eating habits in almost all organisms. Disruptions to it may arise from increased activity during rest periods and/or inactivity during the day. “The study reinforces the idea that mood disorders are associated with disturbed circadian rhythms, and we provide evidence that altered rest-activity rhythms are also linked to worse subjective well-being and cognitive ability,” Lyall added. (IANS)