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Circadian Rhythm Disruption Linked to OCD

  Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is more common in people living in areas of high latitude, likely because of the effect of decreased sunlight on circadian rhythms, new research suggests. Investigators reviewed studies from more than 200 countries and identified...

Study Shows Circadian System Misalignment Impacts Insulin

The endogenous circadian system, behavioral cycle, and circadian misalignment have distinct effects on insulin sensitivity and β-cell function, according to a study published online June 4 in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism.   The researchers found that circadian...

Research Shows Night Shifts Throw Brain Out of Sync

The Guardian reports that researchers have found working night shifts can impair the body’s natural rhythms so significantly that the brain and digestive system end up completely out of sync with each other. Scientists revealed that working three night shifts in a row...

New Study Links Circadian Rhythms and Alzheimer’s

A Finnish study published in the respected SLEEP journal shows that a variation in the melatonin receptor 1A (MTNR1A) gene is linked to the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in the elderly. The same research team has previously demonstrated that the same genetic...

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