According to Yeh Ya-hsin, director of the John Tung Foundation’s Center for Mental Health, during the four-day Mid-Autumn Festival holiday period, many people stayed up late and then caught up on sleep during the daytime. By turning the day on its head and upsetting the regular sleeping cycle, not only did they then feel even more fatigued when going back to work, they also found it difficult to sleep at night, falling into a vicious cycle, Yeh says.
On Monday this week, the foundation stated that, according to a Taiwan Society of Sleep Medicine investigation carried out last year, on average one in five Taiwanese suffer from sleep problems. Also, international research shows that sleep deprivation not only affects the brain’s capacity for judgement, it can also affect the ability to regulate emotions, while increasing the likelihood of depression and anxiety.
Liu Chia-yih, a psychiatrist at Taipei Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s General Psychiatry Division, suggests getting up at a regular time each day, since controlling the sleeping cycle is important. Yeh also recommends avoiding catching up on sleep during the daytime, and taking between 30-60 minutes of exercise during the daytime, as this helps lengthen sleeping duration.
Photo: Paul Cooper, Taipei Times
(CNA, translated by Edward Jones)
1. fatigued adj.
2. vicious cycle n. phr.
(e4 xing4 xun2 huan2)
3. depression n.
4. anxiety n.
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