‘Switch off mobiles at 10pm to prevent mood disorders’ – reports this week’s edition of The Times.
The findings come from the largest study of its kind, involving over ninety thousand people across the UK.
The study, carried out by a research team at the University of Glasgow, found playing with your phone in bed can heighten your chances of developing a mental health disorder.
The researchers also found that:
- people who fail to follow their natural body clock rhythm are more likely to have depression and mental health problems.
- people work on a 24-hour sleep/wake cycle have a greater susceptibility to mood disorders.
- those who are inactive during the day and more active or restless at night have an increased risk of depression, bipolar disorder and low mood.
Professor Daniel Smith, professor of psychiatry at the university, said, ‘You can… turn off your mobile phone around 10pm because the light in it is telling your brain it’s daytime’ and ‘this is an important study demonstrating a robust association between disrupted circadian rhythm and mood disorders’.
The health effects of not following a natural cycle have been known about for a long time.
They have previously been associated with an increased risk of cancer, heart disease and obesity.**
What’s interesting is that the article doesn’t mention the health impact of electromagnetic fields. Isn’t this where the all the funny things happen to your cells? EMF exposures at night or interrupting the circadian rhythm or disrupting the genetics of your cells, which is worse?
**Light at night is considered so dangerous by the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) that it has classified light at night as a class 2A carcinogen.