Maintain a daily routine for good mental health, says study
Following a normal daily rhythm, which involves being active during the day and sleeping at night, is linked to improvements in mood and cognitive functioning. It is also linked to a lower chance of developing major depression and bipolar disorder.
The study found that people who have increased activity at night and reduced activity during the day were more likely to have signs linked with bipolar disorder or major depression. They were also more likely to have decreased feelings of well-being.
This shows that a regular rhythm of being active in daylight and inactive in darkness over time is important for mental well-being. This is true for people across different age groups, genders, lifestyles and education levels.
This is the first time that a study has used objective measurements of daily activity to arrive at this conclusion. The findings have major public health consequences, particularly for those who live in urban areas, where sleep rhythms are often disrupted due to artificial light.
Experts suggest certain strategies to ensure good sleep like not using the phone late at night. Exposing oneself to sunshine daylight in the morning and doing activity in the morning or midday also helps ensure one sleeps well.