Isn't it interesting how our sleep and wake cycle perfectly syncs with the sun and the moon? Just like the earth, the body has an internal clock that runs on a 24-hour cycle.
The reason why we feel sleepy and awake all comes down to the circadian rhythm. Sometimes referred to as the ‘body clock,’ a sound understanding of the circadian rhythm can help you transform your health, your sleep cycle, and allow you to wake up without hitting snooze.
While we all want to achieve perfect sleep to wake up without the drama of sleeping in, sleep plays a much bigger role than just giving us energy. Sleep is one of the most vital functions of your body.
Healthy sleep plays a significant role in boosting immunity, weight control, regulating blood sugar and cholesterol, and improving mental health. That’s why it’s so important.
Learning about how the circadian rhythm works is one of the best ways to optimize health and wellbeing.
You can think of your circadian rhythm like a stopwatch, which indicates when an activity should start and stop. So far, we have covered that the circadian rhythm will trigger your body and mind to feel alert or sleepy.
Interestingly, the circadian rhythm doesn’t just work hard for your sleep cycle, but also for organs. The ‘body clock’ sends signals to vital organs when it's time for them to rest or kick into action. As a result, all the body functions are able to work together in a perfect schedule. The circadian rhythm contributes to successful digestion, cell regeneration, hormonal development, and much more.
So you get the point. It's essential - but how do you know how to protect it? It helps to know some of the common factors that can impact the circadian rhythm.
There's a long list of things that can force the circadian rhythm to get confused. While many of these factors are unavoidable, it’s good to be aware of them so you’re in a good position to make quick lifestyle adjustments to reverse the impact and get your body clock back on track.
Here are some of the most common factors that impact quality circadian rhythm cycles:
You can control some factors, such as binge drinking and sleep routine, but other causes need a little more consideration. For example, if you are taking certain medications that keep you awake, it may help to consult a doctor to find the best way to get your circadian rhythm back in sync with your lifestyle.
If you are convinced that your body clock is not working as well as it could, you can try these fixes tonight to get back on track again:
A healthy sleep-wake will deliver holistic benefits for general wellbeing. Understanding how the sleep cycle and circadian rhythms function will allow you to customize your routine, so you’re always able to perform at your best.
Disclaimer. We love sleep and we want you to get the best sleep possible. But we do not provide medical advice. This blog is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical info, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on our blog.