Meet your body’s internal clock – Circadian Rhythm
What is the circadian rhythm?
In essence, it is the body’s own built-in clock, which runs on a 24-hour cycle of light and darkness. It moderates things such as; sleep, wake cycles, eating habits, neurotransmitters and stress.
Circadian rhythm serves as the body’s internal, genetically programmed, sense of time. However, it can be influenced by external factors such as light and temperature.
Why is it important?
If we have a regular circadian rhythm, we can improve our sleeping patterns. Quality sleep is the key to improving our health markers; recovery, performance, stress and many more. If you want to improve anything in relation to your body’s health markers, maximising the length and quality of your sleep is often the answer.
How can we improve our circadian rhythm?
Sunlight is a great way to help our circadian rhythm. Sunlight helps the body produce serotonin (the feel-good hormone), which then helps the body to produce the hormone melatonin. Melatonin signals the body that it has become dark outside and tells the body it’s time to sleep.
Stress is often a factor that causes us to stay up at night. We can minimise stress through; walking, reading, stretching & yoga and being outside.
Get our morning right! Improving our sleep at night starts in the morning. A regular natural wake up time, as well as breakfast high in protein and fat, can help set our body clock in motion for the coming day.
Giving our body a daily routine is key to cementing our circadian rhythm.