Circadian Rhythm Sleep: The Science
Circadian rhythm is a natural biological process that functions on a 24-hour cycle. People, plants, and animals have internal circadian clocks that drive their 24-hour rhythms. For our bodies to get the most benefit out of sleep, it’s necessary for our sleep patterns to align with our internal clocks as closely as possible.
Circadian Balance and Health
New science on circadian rhythm has revealed that our sleep and our health are even more intricately connected than we already knew. The winners of the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine in 2017 won for discovering that not only do we have a clock which detects night and day in our brain, but we also have clocks on the molecular level, in each cell, that synchronize and orchestrate the activity of every major organ system.
Synchronization happens via our circadian rhythm and impacts not just our sleep habits but also our mood, metabolism, immune system, memory, physical performance, heart health, cellular repair, and many other critical functions in the body. Our molecular clocks need to keep the right time and be synchronized with each other for us to have great sleep and optimal health.
Circadian Rhythm Disruptions
Each type of sleep problem can potentially point to a different reason for circadian rhythm dysfunction. Our circadian rhythm is influenced by genetics, but there are also many behaviors and modern conventions that can desynchronize our bodies with our internal clocks, including when we go to bed, when we eat and exercise, and natural and artificial light.
If you have ever traveled across time zones, you might have experienced the feeling of jet lag, but even more common in today’s world are “social jet lag” and “technology jet lag.” If you change your schedule each weekend to stay up or sleep in later, then you probably feel like Monday morning hits you harder than usual—that’s social jet lag. If you stay up late in the glow of the blue light from your computer, TV, or phone, these light signals play havoc with your circadian rhythm and may create technology jet lag.
RestoreZ Can Help
RestoreZ products are designed to support your circadian rhythm, resynchronizing your body with its internal clock to achieve more restful and restorative sleep. Learn more about how RestoreZ can make a difference.
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