Researchers recently published the results of an interesting study that shows how circadian rhythm is intertwined with mood disorders. They did this by tracking the activity and mood of the study participants over a two year period, and then they… Read More »Mood prediction algorithm shows the importance of circadian rhythm.
I’ve written many times about the effects of looking at your phone, TV, computer, etc before bed. It turns out that the intensity of light may also affect circadian rhythm and cognitive function – separately from sleep. Here is a… Read More »Bright Light Before Bed Impairs Thinking the Next Day
There have been several really good studies published recently that are eye opening. Teen use of social media – especially at night – is truly detrimental. Even life-threatening. Why isn’t anyone doing anything about this? Let me lay out the… Read More »Teens, Social Media Usage, and Lack of Sleep: Impact on Learning and Mental Health
The neurotransmitter serotonin has been at the center of depression research for decades, and SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) are often the first drug to be tried for someone with depression. Antidepressants are one of the most prescribed medications in… Read More »Lighten your mood with more light (during the day)
Light in the blue wavelengths sets our circadian rhythm. Great when we get sunshine in the morning, but artificial light at night is messing us up! Basic overview: Blue light (~480nm) hits our retinas and suppresses melatonin production. Prior to… Read More »Is ADHD Caused by Light at Night?
It seems so odd – almost counterintuitive – at first. The idea that light could be harmful to our health seems crazy! But there is an abundance of evidence showing that light at night, especially blue light from our phones… Read More »Why is blue light at night a problem?
Everyone knows the afternoon slump… You get back from lunch and jump back into work, revived and sure that you will get the project finished up this afternoon. Then 3:00 rolls around, and you mentally just hit the wall. Can’t… Read More »Hacking the afternoon slump using light.
A study that was published in the March 2018 Journal of Epidemiology directly linked dim light at night with an increased risk of depression. Let me repeat – dim light at night was found to increase the risk of depression… Read More »Sleeping in the Dark: Study showing dim light at night increases the risk of depression
We have reached the point of a public health crisis with the rapid increase in mood disorders. Antidepressant usage has risen 65% over the last decade and a half with 16.5% of women now taking prescription antidepressants and countless others… Read More »Light at Night Causes Depression and Anxiety.