Circadian Rhythms

Your Circadian Rhythm is the body clock that helps you regulate your daily schedule for ensuring optimum sleep. The Circadian Rhythm in our bodies is highly affected by stimuli like light and dark and other factors. The brain receives these signals based on your environment and activates several specific hormones to be released into your system. The brain also regulates your body temperature accordingly and regulates your metabolism to make sure that you are either alert or ready to delve into a peaceful slumber. Your body temperature and metabolism are major players in the regulation of your Circadian Rhythm. Your temperature drops when you are sleeping and rises during the time you are awake. Other factors that affect your Circadian Rhythm. These may include physical activities, your work hours and your lifestyle choices or regular habits. There are many ways in which your Circadian Rhythm might go off track. This might happen when your work shifts with irregular hours, travel that spans the course of one or more different time zones, medications you take or stress. There are also some health conditions like brain damage, dementia, head injuries or blindness that might mess up your circadian rhythms.

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