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Summer Sun Provokes Suicide?

You might think that suicide rates are highest in the dark, gloomy days of Winter, but recent studies found that too much Summer sunlight, like in the northern climes of Sweden and Greenland from April to August, can cause suicidal thoughts as well. Extended Summer days make sleeping difficult, disrupting the body's natural circadian rhythm where darkness triggers sleep. Quantity of sleep is connected to mental health, and continual sleep disturbances are linked to an increase in suicidal risk. Scientists found that in areas where the sun never sets for months, suicide rates increased dramatically, leading them to speculate that the imbalance of light and dark affects serotonin levels in the brain, the chemical linked to mood.

So as Summer approaches and the days become longer, be sure to follow your regular sleeping schedule. As you can see from this study, your physical and mental health depend on it.

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ivygreene ivygreene 8 years
I'm totally one of these people! I get soo down when its sunny out, the sun just feels so oppressive. this study makes me feel like less of a freak!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I knew it! When I have to work super early, I have to go to bed by like, 7:30 pm and I get up at 3:00 am to work out...it feels like I'm living in reverse or something. I get super bummed when I have to go to bed when it's still light out. That's sort of why I prefer to work evenings when the days are super long like this...I get to sleep at around 1-2 am and wake up at 8:30 or 9 and I think I get better rest when my schedule is like that.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
i totally get this. i go to bed at 2am, and wake up at 5am just because my bedroom window is on east side (argh). sometime si put night mask on, but that's very uncomfortable, as i like to sleep on my belly...
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