Daryl’s FIT TIP of The Day:
Within the brain we have a regulatory center known as the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) which is located in the hypothalamus. The SCN regulates every biological and behavioral process of the body. The SCN is critical with regulation of our CIRCADIAN RHYTHM. Circadian rhythm’s are governed by the Earth’s 24 hour cycle of light and dark. Our body is in tune with the light and dark cycles. Light and darkness influences certain hormonal reactions in the body.
When light appears in the morning our body releases hormones to wake the body up. When the sun goes down our body releases hormones to begin shutting down the body to go into sleep mode. If his regulatory system is compromised then the internal systems of the body are at risk of being disrupted.
Circadian disruption has been linked to many health problems, including:
* High Blood Pressure, heart attack, and stroke
* Obesity and diabetes
* Memory problems, dementia, Parkinson’s disease
* Depression and bipolar disorder
* Heartburn, IBS and other digestive diseases
* Ashthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis
* Poor recovery from exercise
* Weakened immune system
Here are some ways to reduce circadian disruption.
* Get regular amounts of sleep. Go to bed the same time each night, and wake up the same time. Avoid sleeping less hours and over sleeping..
*Get more light during the day. Avoid being in well lit areas late into the evening.
* Eat regular meals at the same time each day.
*Structure your day to exercise and relax at the same time
*For severe cases a supplement may help– Melatonin. Melatonin can help restore circadian balance, especially during winter months when there isn’t as much sunlight.
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