Noble Prize in Health for 2017 - Circadian Rhythm
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The Noble Prize in Health for 2017 was awarded for the discovery of the molecular mechanisms controlling circadian rhythm. Circadian Rhythm is the process of biological events that predictably reoccur every 24 hours. We now know that all life form, including plants and microbes, operate on a circadian rhythm. The prize winners showed how circadian rhythms adapt our bodies to different phases of the day, influencing sleep, behavior, hormone levels, body temperature and metabolism. This rhythm, though not caused by, is influenced by external cues from the earth – sunlight, temperature and the timing of when we eat. Almost every aspect of human physiology is affected by circadian rhythms including sleep and waking cycles, hormone levels, and ability to focus. If our circadian rhythm gets thrown off our sleeping patterns are not good, our metabolism is compromised making it much harder to lose weight, the circadian rhythm of our microbiome gets thrown off making it more difficult for the bacteria to digest and process our food and it can change our moods and behavior. Imagine someone who constantly feels jet lagged and you begin to understand what a disrupted circadian rhythm can do. Ensuring you have a healthy circadian rhythm is fairly simple, though not always easy in this modern world. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day (including weekends), get enough sunlight during the day, don’t watch screens late at night (or invest in orange sunglasses to filter out the blue screen light), eat at the same times each day, sleep in a cool bedroom, watch the sunrise every morning if you can, be mindful of your caffeine intake later in the day, ensure you sleep in a completely dark room or wear blackout eye masks and any nightlights should be red and not white to ensure they do not disrupt sleep. ALL of these points refer to children too even if you have not yet noticed a sleep or health problem with them.
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