5 things you didn’t know about your circadian rhythm

-Sep 10, Hannah Hargrave , Health -

Our circadian rhythm is at the epicentre of our wellbeing so when it’s out of whack we know about it with our body and our beauty paying the price. So while we know how important it is to regulate our body’s 24-hour cycle by going to bed on time, limiting our exposure to blue light and getting plenty of natural daylight, there’s so much more to discover about this all-important body clock.

Our bodies are primed to be active during the day and to switch to repair and rest mode at night. But jet lag, clocks changing, shift work and stress can mean your circadian rhythm gets shifted forward or back.
This master clock regulates sleep, body temperature, cardiac activity, blood pressure, hormone secretion, oxygen consumption and metabolic rate and as if all of that is not enough, here are some other things you might not know about it.

Related: What is your circadian rhythm and how can you support it?

An hour makes a difference

You might think a one hour time difference isn’t a big deal, but if you’ve noticed just how groggy you feel when the clocks change you might you’ll see that 60 minutes can really mess with you. There have even been studies showing an increase in heart attacks and car crashes the day after the time shift.

Not everyone’s clock is the same

Although most people operate on a similar time frame, naturally waking up in the morning and going to be at night, there are such things as night owls – who stay up late and get up late – and larks – who are early risers.

Your clock changes as you age

If you were a night owl in your teens and 20s it doesn’t mean you will be when you’re older. Your circadian rhythm changes as you age which is why older people tend to wake up earlier and go to bed earlier too.

Related: Is being a night owl bad for your health?

Women are more likely to be early risers

Looks like we can blame our circadian rhythm for why us women are often the first ones up in the morning! Studies have shown that women’s clocks are faster than men’s making them more likely to be early birds.

Your clock makes you nap

You know that slump you often feel between 2pm and 4pm? It could be down to your circadian rhythm. It starts to dip approximately eight hours after you wake up and as your body begins to slide into sleepiness your productivity takes a nose dive. If you can’t – or don’t want to – nap consider going for a brisk walk to perk up instead.

Lumity supplements work with your clock

Lumity’s Day and Nighttime supplements have been specially formulated to respect and support the body’s circadian rhythm. The three softgel capsules in the morning and three at night deliver the right nutrients at the right time. They help boost energy in the daytime and aide a good night’s sleep too.

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