NOW, well into its second year, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the mental and physical health of Australians.
The “lockdown” or “stay-at-home” strategy has emerged as one of several effective ways around the world to disrupt the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. But it is now clear that long periods of lockdown have negatively impacted our collective mental health, with one factor contributing to disrupting our established rhythms of life.
With the pandemic and lockdowns going on for a while, it?s time to talk about how our circadian rhythms and mental health can be affected, and to discuss practical strategies to keep our ?physical clocks? during the pandemic and beyond keep healthy.
Circadian rhythms and health
We live on a planet that rotates on its own axis and makes a full revolution every 24 hours, creating our day and night. Millions, if not billions of years ago, evolutionary…
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