Fall Back to Routine
It’s Good for You!
Whether you have school age children or not, you can feel the routine in the air. Routines or Rhythms, as we like to call them, are good for our health. Our bodies like predictability.
Many of our hormones and neuro transmitters run on Circadian Rhythms. Circadian rhythms are physical, mental and behavioural changes that roughly follow a 24-hour cycle. The human circadian rhythm is actually 10 to 20 minutes longer. Other animals have circadian rhythms ranging from 22 to 28 hours.
The biological clock controls the Circadian Rhythm. This clock consists of groupings of interacting molecules throughout the body including liver, lung, testis, connective tissue and muscle. The Master clock, located in the hypothalamus (an area in the brain) controls all of the internal clocks.
Biological clocks keep working even when we are removed from natural light. Without daylight, the biological clock will continue running on its own natural cycle. But as soon as natural light hits the eyes, the clock will reset to match the earth’s 24-hour day.
Circadian rhythms can influence sleep-wake cycles, hormone release, body temperature, heart activity, blood pressure, oxygen consumption, metabolism and other important bodily functions. Some of the hormones known to date that are controlled by these rhythms are melatonin, thyroid stimulating hormone, cortisol and prolactin. These can explain why people feel cold and crave sweets when they are overtired or sleep-deprived.
Disturbances in these rhythms have been linked to various sleep disorders, obesity, diabetes, depression, bipolar disorder and seasonal affective disorder.
So when our bodies are following their natural rhythm we have better sleep, blood sugar control, stabilized heart functions and our cells are receiving proper amounts of oxygen. Get your routines in place now to improve your well-being, and even help you live longer.