Multiple factors can contribute to different mental health conditions, but in the largest study of its kind, researchers suggest limited light exposure during the day or high levels of exposure at night may be involved. Newsweek spoke to three experts to find out how to boost your mood as the days get shorter and colder.Researchers explore a noninvasive, drug-free treatment that offers hope for healing from the severe symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

A hunched back, claw-handed, and second eyelid could be common features of human anatomy in the future, a new computer model reveals.An 18-country analysis published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that children exposed to blue spaces, such as inland lakes and coastal areas, were more likely to report better well-being in adulthood.Major stress has systemic effects on the body that can have adverse consequences for physical and mental health. However, the molecular basis of these damaging effects remains incompletely understood. Here we use a longitudinal approach to characterise the acute systemic impact of major psychological stress in a pig model. We perform untargeted metabolomics on non-invasively obtained saliva samples from pigs before and 24 h after transfer to the novel physical and social environment of a slaughterhouse. The main molecular changes occurring include decreases in amino acids, B-vitamins, and amino acid-derived metabolites synthesized in B-vitamin-dependent reactions, as well as yet-unidentified metabolite features. Decreased levels of several of the identified metabolites are implicated in the pathology of human psychological disorders and neurodegenerative disease, suggesting a possible neuroprotective function. Our results provide a fingerprint of the acute effect of psychological stress on the metabolome and suggest candidate biomarkers with potential roles in stress-related disorders.If someone feels like they cannot shower due to depression, it is not in their head. Extreme tiredness and cognitive effects, such as brain fog and negative thinking, may pose a personal hygiene challenge.

Older Adults Who Sleep Less Are More Likely to Develop Multiple Chronic Diseases

Older adults who sleep just five hours a night or fewer have a greater risk of multimorbidity, or having more than one chronic disease, new research shows. The findings underscore the importance of healthy sleep patterns throughout life, and especially in middle and old age.Dependency on digital devices resulting in an ever-increasing daily screen time has subsequently also been the cause of several adverse effects on physical and mental or psychological health. Constant exposure to devices like smartphones, personal computers, and television can severely affect mental health- increase stress and anxiety, for example, and cause various sleep issues in both children as well as adults. Risk factors for obesity and cardiovascular disorders, including hypertension, poor regulation of stress, low HDL cholesterol, and insulin resistance are among the physical health repercussions we see. The psychological health effects comprise suicidal tendencies and symptoms of depression which are associated with digital device dependency, screen-time-induced poor sleep quality, and content-influenced negativity. Oftentimes it can cause the induction of a state of hyper-arousal, increase stress hormones, desynchronize the body clock or the circadian cycle, alter brain chemistry and create a drag on mental energy and development. With a focus on brain development in children and detrimental effects in both adults and children, this research article goes on to explore the various aspects of screen addiction and excessive screen exposure.Three medical experts offer insights on how to spot the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or seasonal depression, and better manage the disorder this year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.From brain health to healthy bones, these are the key benefits of omega-3 fatty acids.

Notably, the Covid pandemic had a considerable role to play here. It’s a known fact that excess screen time has a damaging impact on the eyes. Pregnancy can be the beginning of an exciting journey for soon-to-be parents, but it can also signal the beginning of some new sleep challenges. .

All of us feel stressed from time to time. But for some, prolonged periods of stress can take their toll, leading to what experts now refer to as low-level anxiety. In light of National Stress Awareness Day, we asked two mental health experts to share their advice for getting on top of stress and how to support your own wellbeing when it all feels a bit too much. On November 01, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that includes updates and policy changes for Medicare payments under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), and other Medicare Part B issues, effective on or after January 1, 2023.Daylight savings time can throw off your entire schedule – including your exercise routine. Here’s how to stay fit when it’s dark out.Sleep is vital for many aspects of our lives – and is intimately connected to our mental health. Sleep and circadian rhythm disruptions can even help to predict common disorders like depression, anxiety, and psychosis.

Mood: What happens in the brain after exposure to different lights?

New research yields insight into how light intensity can affect mood, possibly helping scientists find ways to treat mood problems like seasonal affective disorder.A study finds that artificial light exposure during even one night of sleep increases heart rate while sleeping and impairs glucose metabolism the following morning.Blue light from electronic devices may impact basic cellular functions, accelerating aging, according to a recent study from researchers at Oregon State University.A disruption in circadian rhythm is common among mental health disorders. Understanding its molecular foundation could unlock better treatments.Adolescents exposed to higher levels of ozone experienced an increase in depressive symptoms.A study found that sleeping with even a tiny amount of light is linked to a higher risk of obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure among older adults.

Blue light could be “tricking” the body into thinking that they are in pre-puberty.New research used an animal model to find that blue light exposure may increase the risk of early onset puberty in children.Older adults exposed to light while sleeping at night may be more likely to have obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes compared with adults who sleep in darkness. A recent study shows how more sunshine each day is good for you health.

New research suggests that people who have a regular good night’s sleep may have a lower risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke.This analysis explores the landscape of mental health services in public schools during the 2021-2022 school year, barriers schools face in offering these services, and how recent policies aim to f. There is no evidence that depression is caused by lower levels or reduced activity of serotonin in the brain, according to a recent analysis of 17 previous studies.The standard “one-size-fits-all” approach to diagnosing and treating mental health problems is failing. Personalised treatments could make a big difference. New research reveals the connection between nature and well-being is more significant than previously thought. Nature provides “intangible contributions” to create opportunities for recreation and leisure, spiritual fulfillment, personal development, social relations, and aesthetic experiences.Exposure to sunny, hot and humid weather can trigger severe symptoms of mental disorders, requiring emergency care. So reports a recent study, led by researchers at the University at Albany, which used data on New York State weather and hospital emergency visits to assess how features of summer weather affect people with mental disorders.