Is your circadian rhythm the key to slowing down premature ageing?
-Nov 25, Hannah Hargrave , Health -
Resetting your body clock will do way more than just aid a good night’s sleep, it could slow the onslaught of unwanted premature ageing.
Ageing happens to us all and when you do it right it can truly be magical. But premature ageing can rear its head in the form of feeling tired all the time, unwanted weight gain and a feeling as though your inner light has gone out. Often, in a bid to look and feel our best, we focus on our diet, make regular hair appointments, jazz up our wardrobes and squeeze in exercise to our daily routine. But what if we told you that the key to looking great for your age is your circadian rhythm?
The concept might seem odd to many but respecting your circadian rhythm and gently supporting it so it functions at its best is the key to slowing down premature ageing.
What is your circadian rhythm
Once you learn what your circadian rhythm is, it becomes clear why it’s so important.
Put simply it is your internal 24 hour clock – also known as your body clock – and it regulates everything from sleep to metabolism, body temperature, blood pressure, hormone secretion and oxygen consumption.
So it’s obvious it plays a pretty big role in the way your body functions.
Our bodies are primed to be awake and active during the daytime and be resting and repairing at nighttime. When your circadian rhythm is all out of whack, from jet lag, too many late nights or working nightshifts then it does more than just make you tired – it can make you age faster, in more ways than one.
Resetting your circadian rhythm can do great things for your skin, which when you’re tired can look lackluster and weary.
Not only that, but without proper sleep your skin can’t regenerate and repair. Tired, dry (and dehydrated) skin can mean wrinkles and fine lines appear, which don’t necessarily need to be there yet. Blood flow increases when you’re sleeping and nutrients are delivered to your skin, nails and hair. The fact is beauty sleep is real and to have healthy skin you need quality sleep.
Getting older doesn’t have to mean gaining weight! While ageing does make it more difficult to shift those extra pounds, you can help yourself stay at an ideal and healthy weight. If your body clock is off kilter you may find yourself eating late at night which isn’t good for your waistline and also affects sleep. Try eating with the sun instead and avoid consuming food after 8pm. Intermittent fasting for 14 hours or more – meaning if your last meal was 7pm you don’t eat again until 9am – can also assist in keeping your weight and your wellbeing in check.
Maintaining your health from the inside out is the most important thing for longevity. While you definitely don’t want to look older than you are you don’t want your body to age faster either. The circadian rhythm is incredibly important to heart health. Sleep deprivation can cause high blood pressure which can lead to cardiovascular events such as stroke or heart attack.
For long term healthy gains you need to get your sleep patterns in check.
Stress ages you. It can cause you to gain weight, feel weary and exhaust you. Believe it or not getting your circadian rhythm in check and eating and sleeping a full eight hours each night can work wonders for your stress levels.
While it’s common that stress and worry can keep you awake, if you take the time to establish a regular nighttime routine, which means you get to bed at a decent hour and wake at the same time every day it really can make sleep so much easier and lower your stress as well.
Physical activity is imperative to good health and keeping you youthful. It doesn’t even have to mean working out like a fiend every day. 150 minutes of exercise a week will make such a difference to your wellbeing. BUT if your circadian rhythm is all out of sync then you might not wake up early enough to get a workout in and then you may be such a night owl that exercise just doesn’t factor in.
A sedentary lifestyle makes you so much older than you are mentally and physically, however you can make exercise a part of every day life if you have energy and a routine based around your body clock!
A slow metabolism can make you sluggish, unlikely to exercise, gain weight and just feel yucky. There’s nothing youthful about any of that. But if your circadian rhythm is functioning properly your metabolism will get a much needed boost.
Lack of sleep can alter your metabolism and not in a good way. When you don’t get sufficient sleep your metabolism can slow down. Be warned though that lying in bed all day isn’t healthy either! Too much sleep can lead to weight gain as well. A good goal is to aim for 7-9 hours of sleep a night.
What you can do to get your circadian rhythm in check
– establish a nighttime routine
– try to go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time each morning – even at the weekends!
– don’t eat past 8pm
– turn off blue light emitting devices at least an hour before bedtime
– take Lumity’s Morning & Night Supplements which are formulated to work with your circadian rhythm and deliver the right nutrients at the right time. They help you feel energized in the day and help you sleep better at night.
– take up calming meditation or yoga
– adopt the tools to reduce stress levels