Waking up to the link between a faulty body clock and mental illness | Prof Russell Foster

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Biological clocks are known to schedule sleep and changes in alertness, mood, strength and blood pressure, but recent studies suggest they are also deeply involved in mental healthProf Foster delivered a public lecture on “The rhythms of life” at the Physiological Society on Monday. Watch the lecture below Our lives are ruled by time and we use time to tell us what to do. But the digital alarm clock that wakes us in the morning and the wrist-watch that tells us we are late for a meeting are not the clocks I mean. Our biology dances to a profoundly more ancient beat that probably started to tick early in the evolution of all life. Embedded within the genes of us, and almost all life on Earth, are the instructions for a biological clock that marks the passage of approximately 24 hours. Biolo…