Harvard University finds the key to avoiding depression


Who gets up early, God helps. This is the saying that has become more true than ever with the new study carried out by the Harvard University, MIT and the University of Colorado, which has shown that waking up earlier can reduce the risk of suffering depression.

The team of scientists has shown that people who wake up earlier tend to be less depressed. Thus, people who live at dawn, who represent around 10% of the population, are twice as likely to suffer from depression.

However, the scientists did not know which sleep schedule makes a difference, so they set to work to investigate the times when people were happiest and had less depression. Scientists at Harvard University analyzed the genetic data of 850,000 people through the 23andMe company, of which 38% had used devices to record their sleep or filled out questionnaires to inform about their bedtime habits.

Going to bed two hours earlier reduces depression, according to Harvard University

In this way, the researchers were able to determine that people with habits of waking up early have less depression and that waking up one hour earlier reduces depression by 23%, while waking up two hours earlier reduces the risk by over 40%.

Of course, this does not mean that the benefit comes from setting the alarm clock earlier, but that this requires going to bed one or two hours earlier than usual for the rest to be complete.

Woman with depression
Woman with depression

Notably, the Harvard University study participants were of European descent. However, researchers still don’t understand why those with genes and habits that make them wake up earlier have lower levels of depression. So researchers are planning a new clinical trial to show definitively that manipulating wake-up time protects against depression.

Permanent disability due to depression

Depression is a type of mental illness that can give access to a permanent disability pension, although for this it is necessary to pass a strict control by the Social Security doctors in charge of granting said right to the benefit.

Furthermore, depression is a complex psychological pathology. There are many people who are not aware that they have depression and simply think that they are not feeling well emotionally. In addition, society tends to downplay a disease that may be more serious than it seems.

Thus, total permanent disability is usually recognized when depression affects workers whose work poses a risk to third parties. For example, in the case of bus or truck drivers; or police. In addition, it is also common to grant it to those people who perform a profession that requires high mental demand.

In the case of absolute permanent disability, it usually occurs when the applicant meets the general criteria set by Social Security. That is, the disease is chronic and there are no longer therapeutic possibilities for its cure.

The case may arise when the Medical Court understands that due to the symptoms or affectation the worker is not in a position to develop any type of work activity. For this reason, depression is a pathology to take into account and all the measures we take to avoid it will always have a positive impact on our health.

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