Social rhythms interventions

What are social rhythms interventions?

The social environment can exert influence on synchronisation of circadian rhythms by entraining neurohormonal events such as cortisol and melatonin secretion. These are key components of circadian physiology, and disruptions to them can affect mood.

Some people with bipolar disorder are particularly sensitive to social rhythm disruption. Circadian and sleep/wake processes can be manipulated through behavioural interventions because of their responsiveness to external cues. These behavioural interventions identify a person’s social patterns and how they affect their mood. People are then supported to establish more regular social rhythms.

What is the evidence for social rhythms interventions?

Low quality evidence is unable to determine the benefits of social rhythm interventions for relapse, response or depression.

April 2019

Last updated at: 12:10 am, 10th April 2019
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