Everything You Need to Know About Your Circadian Rhythm
This buzzword is often thrown around (sometimes known as your 'body clock') but what does it really mean? And how do you know whether yours is in sync or not? Well here's everything you need to know about this wellness phrase, from how it affects your body to how to get in back on track.
It’s quite common to feel rushed during the working week, meaning that we can often find ourselves squeezing workouts in during our lunch breaks or scoffing down our breakfast at our desks.
And this can, unsurprisingly, have a knock-on effect on our sleep.
When you’re out of sync, it can change everything from your skin to your hormones and can induce those “you look tired today” comments (which no one needs or wants).
But how does it work? And how do I keep it consistent?
Firstly, What is Your Circadian Rhythm?
Simply put, your circadian rhythm is your body’s 24-hour clock.
Throughout the day and the night, your circadian rhythm goes through different processes. Without it, we wouldn’t know when to sleep, wake up or eat. So it's pretty important. It also controls things that are maybe not quite as obvious, such as your blood pressure, temperature and hormone production.
Why Does It Matter?
Along with our sleep cycles and digestion, having our circadian rhythm out of balance can change our mood and behavior, and even our mental health.
A study (on over 91,000 people) found that people with a disrupted body clock were linked with mental health conditions, such as depression and bipolar. And because your circadian rhythm has a massive impact on your hormones, it can cause skin breakouts, too.
As well as mental health, our circadian rhythm has a direct effect on our physical health, with studies showing night-time shift workers, who end up eating and sleeping at odd times, are more commonly linked to obesity, diabetes, some cancers and heart disease.
What Can I Do About It?
Getting your body clock back into sync is not rocket science, as it’s natural for us to follow it anyway. But to help you get back into sync, we have a few things to help.
1. First of all, allow your self at least 7 hours to sleep of an evening, and maintain a similar bedtime and wake-up time every day (yes, even on weekends!).
2. Limit the amount of caffeine you have after lunch (if any).
3. Boost your energy at midday. At Organica, we created an essential oil roller for that midday dip. Full of orange and grapefruit oil to beat stress and improve blood flow, our Pure Energy roller will uplift your mood and help you beat that 3 pm slump.
4. Make sure your meals are all at a similar time each day, too. It's best to eat within a 12-hour window from when you wake up, eating your largest meal of the day in the morning, a smaller lunch, and an even smaller dinner. Avoid food for at least two hours before you sleep.
5. Make sure you see daylight within 5 minutes of waking up and avoid harsh computer screens for around an hour before you head for bed, so your body knows when to wake up and when to sleep.
6. Practice healthy sleep. Our Dream Lotion has already helped thousands of people cut out sleeping pills and naturally improve their sleep. With lavender and soothing oatmeal, the lotion will help your mind and body relax and wind down at the end of the day and get you to sleep faster. It'll also improve the quality of sleep, with a lot of our customers waking up less throughout the night! Because the easiest way to get your Circadian rhythm on track is by going to bed early and keeping that same bedtime for as long as you can!
The Bottom Line
Your circadian rhythm isn't hard to get right, once you start listening to your body and sleeping and eating at a similar time each day, you'll begin to notice a few changes in your body and mind, for the better!
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