How to deal with social jetlag and reduce depression risk?
Mental Health Sleep Social Jetlag

How to deal with social jetlag and reduce depression risk?

Karolina Punovuori
Karolina Punovuori

In 10 seconds? Research suggests that “social jet lag” increases the chance of heart disease, can lead to obesity but also increases the risk of depression. Luckily, a consistent sleep pattern and revised meal times can be good counter-measures.

What is social jet lag as opposed to jet lag? With jetlag, you have trouble going to sleep at the right time when you find yourself in a new time zone. Social jetlag can be more chronic – it occurs when we sleep less on workdays and get up much later on our days off. It affects a lot of us, particularly shift workers and teenagers – the latter can even suffer from it when daylight saving time gets adjusted, just by 1 hour.

Get unlimited access to our 3-min Digests and other premium features!

Choose your plan.

Sparrow Insiders

$0 (Limited Offer)
  • Receive our daily Digest in your inbox
  • Created & reviewed by real scientists
  • Preview 380+ Digests in our library
  • Upgrade for unlimited learning
  • Unsubscribe anytime
  • Subject to availability
Join our first 25k subscribers for free! Signup Progress Bar Subscribe now for free

Sparrow Unlimited

$19 / month
  • Talk with our scientists and ask them anything
  • Access 380+ summaries anywhere, anytime
  • Listen to our premium podcast
  • Weekly newsletter of the top 5 scientific findings
  • Daily updates with new content
  • Support independent science publishing
  • No advertisement
  • Cancel anytime
Learn more Subscribe now

Sparrow Unlimited

$99 / year
  • One easy payment - save 56%
  • Talk with our scientists and ask them anything
  • Access 380+ summaries anywhere, anytime
  • Listen to our premium podcast
  • Weekly newsletter of the top 5 scientific findings
  • Daily updates with new content
  • Support independent science publishing
  • No advertisement
  • Cancel anytime
Learn more Subscribe now