Bad night’s sleep? Blame your genes.
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Whether you're a night owl or a morning lark, circadian rhythms control just about every aspect of your health.
Artificial light has transformed the night sky, a change researchers continue to link to health problems.
Fabio Falchi et al
Study uses satellite data to add to growing evidence that nighttime light exposure raises risk of breast cancer, with the strongest link among young women.
Color-changing cells in an Atlantic squid’s skin contain light-sensitive pigments.
We're used to thinking of our eyes detecting light as the foundation of our visual system. But what's going on in other cells throughout the body that can detect light, too?
How to eat yourself brighter.
All parents have probably struggled to get their kids to sleep at some point. This is even more difficult when a child has ADHD.
Children with ADHD are much more likely than other kids to struggle getting to sleep, and staying asleep. Up to 73% of Australian parents report their child with ADHD has problems sleeping.
Micro changes have macro results.
Darryl Leja, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health
New research suggests our gut microbes have their own circadian rhythms that in turn influence our organ functions. Is this an explanation for how disrupting our daily patterns can cause health problems?
Time to get up.
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Gaining a better sense of what genes are involved in regulating circadian clocks could put us on a path to find better treatments and therapies to help people adjust to time shifts.
What colour is your light?
The wrong kind of light can seriously impact your well-being.
Next time just work with your body clock.
Marcos Mesa Sam Wordley
Stay away from viruses in the early morning – and in winter.
World map of artificial sky brightness.
F. Falchi, et al. Science Advances (2016)
Eighty percent of North Americans can no longer see the Milky Way at night. But the problem with light pollution isn't just about stargazing.
Out of sync.
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Saturated fats are linked to metabolic disorders and heart disease. That may be because thes fats make some cells lose track of time, causing inflammation.
A podcast on time: telling it, perceiving it, doing it and travelling through it.
New research suggests disrupted sleep patterns could have more impact on some measures of women's performance than men's.
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It might be that teaching people to reframe their thoughts about winter can help them overcome seasonal affective disorder year after year.
Sleep problems often occur just before an episode of mental illness.
What your sleep patterns may say about your risk of developing mental illness.
Not dark enough.
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Is electricity making us sleep less? A new study on sleep in preindustrial societies suggests the answer is no. But it misses a big point: people in preindustrial societies spend more time in darkness than we do.
Don’t stay up too late.
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How does one prove that shift work causes breast cancer, as the authors of the new study claim? A cancer epidemiologist explains how scientists weigh evidence to figure out what causes cancer.
Turn that off.
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Today, most of us get too little light during the day and too much at night for our circadian rhythm to function at its best.
Light from electronic devices can alter the quality of sleep our quality.
While many of these devices, especially e-readers, seem harmless enough, the light they emit may affect our sleep patterns and leave us feeling tired the next day.
Time spent checking the clock when you can’t sleep may be feeding your insomnia.
We all have a poor night’s sleep from time to time: those nights when you lie awake for hours trying desperately to go to sleep but can’t stop worrying about tomorrow. Or when you repeatedly wake up throughout…