Daylight saving time could increase depression
|Daylight saving time could increase depression||Darrell Miller||11/09/16|
November 09, 2016 02:49 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (email@example.com)
Subject: Daylight saving time could increase depression
Setting our clocks back every winter can have its benefits, like gaining an extra hour of sleep. However, a recent study has revealed that gaining an extra hour could also lead to depression due to it getting dark an hour earlier in the evening. Psychiatric hospitals in Denmark reported over a 17-year period, 11 percent of new cases decreased after the time change. Dr. Oexman has recommended that we decrease how much alcohol or caffeine we drink this weekend in order to keep our circadian rhythms in check.
- Depression cases at psychiatric hospitals in Denmark increased immediately after the transition from daylight saving time, the study says.
- An analysis of 185,419 severe depression diagnoses from 1995 to 2012 showed an 11% increase during this time period. The cases dissipated gradually after 10 weeks.
- Researchers from the departments of psychiatry and political science at the universities of Aarhus, Copenhagen and Stanford were well aware of the negative effects associated with daylight saving time, such as the increased heart attacks and stroke risk.
"Depression cases at psychiatric hospitals in Denmark increased immediately after the transition from daylight saving time, the study says."