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How does our circadian rhythm effect our mental health?

According to doc, my aunt's circadian rhythm is deeply affected due to not having a sleeping routine. Her circadian rhythm disruption has caused her migraines and might lead to Alzheimer's
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Sleep deprivation and sleep disorders can impact our health in a major way.  Cognitive ability can be impacted and yes, I'm sure headaches can be triggered.  I had not heard about a correlation with alzheimers.  In reading about that, it's a little confusing.  I guess  many with alzheimers do have disturbed circadian rhythm.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4351409/  I don't know if it causes it but is more just part of it though.  Has your aunt been diagnosed with Alzheimer's?  

I have issues with this myself a bit as it is also common for women with hormonal changes going through menopause.  Good times. ha.  I am very protective of my sleep now.  Shooting for at least 7 hours is the goal. I turn the lights lower at an earlier time, that helps.  I watch what I eat leading up to bed time as well. I eat very light. I practice good sleep hygiene.  https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/circadian-rhythm-disorders-cause#1

Your aunt may benefit from melatonin.  It is very helpful for this as well.

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