Surviving Mondayitis: It’s A Real Thing.

Surviving Mondayitis: It’s A Real Thing

Have you ever struggled to get up on a Monday morning? The despair as you hear the alarm going off, the temptation to hit ‘snooze’ multiple times … we’ve all felt it. But did you know that “Mondayitis” is actually a scientifically recognised phenomenon?

Your Body on Different Time Zones

The technical term for “Mondayitis” is ‘social jetlag’, a phrase used by researchers to describe the mismatch between your body’s internal clock, and that of your work hours and social life. Like travel -related jetlag, social jetlag results from the different “time zones” between your weekend and working week.[1]

Like travel -related jetlag, social jetlag results from the different “time zones” between your weekend and working week.[1]

Think about it: whilst we normally follow some kind of routine for work and sleep during the week, Friday and Saturday are when late nights with friends or Netflix binges occur. Staying up late then skews your normal sleep and wake times by several hours compared to during the week.

Adjusting your sleep, wake and even meal times each weekend has a similar effect on your body to taking a trip into a different time zone. Come Monday morning, you re-enter the old time zone dictated by your work schedule, experiencing the fatigue, sleepiness, impaired concentration and irritability that you feel after returning from a trip – a classic case of “Mondayitis”!

Social Jet Lag – A Cause of Disease

Whilst it would be easy to brush social jetlag off as an annoying part of modern life, it’s actually associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease,[2] obesity,[3] and diabetes.[4]

Whilst it would be easy to brush social jetlag off as an annoying part of modern life, it’s actually associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease,[2] obesity,[3] and diabetes.[4] This is because social jetlag disrupts your body’s natural circadian rhythm, the 24-hour cycle which regulates your sleep and wakefulness, and governs many bodily processes essential for good health.[5] These effects on your body are independent of how many hours you sleep,[6] indicating that sleep regularity is as important as sleep duration for good health

Too Bright to Sleep, Too Dark to Wake

If you may need to address to the effects social jetlag are having on your health, it is imperative you understand how your modern lifestyle may already be impacting your circadian rhythm. As your genes have evolved to rise and set with the sun, your circadian rhythm may already be out of balance from being exposed to artificial indoor light during the day, and blue light for several hours after sunset from digital technology. Then, once the weekend hits, and the days and nights get later again, social jetlag is exacerbated even further, alongside its adverse health consequences.

Come to the Dark Side

There is no going back to a time before technology, and most of us probably wouldn’t want to. Therefore, to avoid social jetlag as much as possible, you can look after your circadian rhythms with some simple interventions:

  • Keep regular hours: Plan to sleep between 7 and 9 hours each night and minimise variation in sleep time between weekdays and weekends. Reducing the “time zone” difference between your work and social life will reduce the incidence of social jetlag and its adverse consequences.
  • Keep night-time light levels low: Use dimmer switches or floor lamps, avoid using screens an hour before bedtime, invest in blackout curtains and ban devices from your bedroom to assist your circadian rhythm in normalising as much as it can, reducing your risk of marked “Mondayitis”.
  • Get some herbal help: If you’re struggling to feel sleepy, or needing to retrain your body clock, try the herbs california poppy, zizyphus or lavender, which promote the activation of GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid), a calming neurotransmitter. A Healthcare Practitioner can help choose the right herbal combination for you.
  • Manage fatigue: Whilst social jetlag may be inevitable at some points, it may mean you need an energy boost to get you through the day. For this, consider using coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which will support cellular energy production and therefore combat fatigue.

Come Back to the Present

Social jetlag can be a part of modern life, and it’s exacerbated by the fact many of our circadian rhythms are already out of balance. If you commonly experience those classic Mondaytitis symptoms, consider how you could minimise the impact of social jetlag by implementing the lifestyle and supplemental interventions above. If you can make your sleep and circadian rhythm a priority, you’ll not only start the week feeling fresh, but also improve your health long-term.

Something for parents and grandparents to think about.🤔🍬🍭🍫🍨🤯

Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting and food

Check out this awesome, short video by my personal physician, Dr. Albert Mensah of Mensah Medical, about inflammation and the effect diet has on your child’s gut!

Here’s the video 👉

Do you wonder why your child is sluggish with a foggy brain, lack of energy, and defiant behavior?

Diet has a tremendous impact on how your child behaves because the processed foods you feed them lead to cognitive intoxification.

If you fill a tube with water then add sugar, you begin the recipe for the production of alcohol.

All you need is yeast and guess what? Yeast line the gastrointestinal tract and are often out of control in ADHD kids.

With sugar and water, yeast begins to ferment, which is how alcohol is made.

When this happens, the yeast produce toxins that affect your child’s brain, which then lead to irregular behavior, specifically problems with hyperactivity, an inability to concentrate, emotional disruption, and defiant behavior. And with these sugar highs, come crashing lows that look like depression and fatigue.

Please understand processed comfort foods such as burgers with fries, pizza, chicken nuggets, Oreo cookies and Ben & Jerry’s affect every aspect of your child’s life including mood, behavior and perception.

We see this in infants, toddlers and teenagers alike.

I want to encourage you to reconsider the foods your child is currently eating and how those foods affect their behavior and perceptions.

Diet DOES make a difference in your child’s ability to think, feel and act in a healthy way.

If you’re tired of chasing your child around screaming at them to behave, please take a look at their dietary choices.

What did your child just eat?

What they ate has a tremendous impact on their brain because tonight’s dinner may be tomorrow’s anxiety and disruption for you.

Are you running on empty when it comes to Magnesium levels?🤔

Surprisingly, fatigue, muscle cramps, headaches and difficulty sleeping are common signs of magnesium deficiency in both adults and children. Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) and mood disorders including anxiety, depression, and constant stress are all signs and symptoms associated with poor stores of magnesium.
Read more to find the benefits and the best ways of supporting your magnesium levels.

One of my favourite products! As I LOVE how the combination of TURMERIC and SAFFRON help improve Brain Awareness!

There is an increasing amount of evidence emerging that optimal mental health and emotional resilience can be achieved with physical activity, nourishing foods, social support, behaviour therapies, mindfulness and meditation.

As a Natural Health Practitioner we have unique herbal combinations that can provide additional support for patient’s brain health.

Turmeric and saffron have been shown to increase neurogenesis. Curcumin particularly has shown, in animal studies, to increase neurogenesis, potentially via modulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and by increasing brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) production in the brain. The combination has been described as ‘fertiliser for the brain’.

To find out more about this product and additional stress less lifestyle activities please contact me.