Health specialists always warn people that excesses and sudden disruptive demeanors are yielding great impact on our internal systems. A fresh study confirms these claims further through a new health condition, called social jet lag. Many people are causing these negative effects by themselves without their knowledge. It all comes down to the sweet days of weekends when many decide to sleep in longer than they usually do.
Social Jet Lag Induces Chronic Fatigue but also Long-Term Effects
A new study discovered a hidden source of chronic fatigue that is activated with every hour that people sleep longer during weekdays. Lead author, Sierra B. Forbush, stated that the findings of this health research indicate that sleep regularity is more important than we think. Besides mild mood changes, disrupting sleeping patterns can lead to long-term effects as well. These can materialize in increased chances of heart disease.
The results of the research suggest that with each prolonged hour of sleep, people add up 11% increase in heart disease risk. This health effect was linked to jet lag as both share multiple similarities. Participants in the study looked like they took the plane on Friday to travel on different time zones only to come back home on Monday. However, none of them walked outside during weekend, yet they slept in extra hours.
The Only Solution Is Acknowledgement at a Global Level
Unfortunately, around 85% of the population is suffering from this condition. The solution to this health issue would simply be a regular sleep schedule. However, it is more complex than it sounds. Scientists encourage people to listen to their biological clock. Most of the population showed signs that they would prefer to go to bed at 1 a.m. and sleep for eight hours straight.
On the other hand, work schedules coupled with extensive commuting endeavors makes it almost impossible to respect internal systems. Therefore, scientist Till Roenneberg who coined the term of social jet lag proposed one possible yet complex solution. The entire modern society has to acknowledge the importance of biological clock. This is the only way employers would design schedules to the benefit of their workers.
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