December 14, 2018

Body Clock Affect on Health

how our body clock affects our health

Our lives are pulling us in so many directions that it is sometimes hard to maintain a consistent sleep schedule. There are nights when we need to stay up later to get some work done. Or we could go out with our friends and stay out a little late. Other times we have an early flight to catch. Perhaps the flight is intercontinental, which puts you in an entirely different time zone and daylight hours to adjust to.

No matter what the reason is, different demands in our life schedule make it hard to keep a steady body clock where we go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. However, this fluidity in our schedules and the disruption of our body clock can have negative consequences on our health.

How Health is Affected by Sleep Schedule

Whenever we mess with our circadian rhythms, a timetable in which our body clocks regulate most of the processes that take place inside our bodies, we are messing with our health. So many different functions and processes are affected by our body clock. Our metabolism, one of the most crucial functions of the body that affects so many other processes, is particularly affected.

When we stay up too late or get up too early, and not get enough sleep and disrupt our rhythm, it causes a disorientation in our body clocks and keeps our bodies from functioning properly.

One new study from USC in Los Angeles has found a link between a disruption of circadian rhythm and the increased chance of developing certain diseases. Besides that, not getting enough sleep can also lead to weight gain, as I write about here.

When our lifestyles and our internal biological clocks are at odds with each other, there is an increased risk of developing cancer and obesity, among other diseases. This is because our metabolic processes are disrupted, which leaves our vital organs more vulnerable and susceptible to disease.

the affect on our health by disrupting our sleep schedule

What Can You Do?

Just one day off from your normal sleep schedule can throw your body clock into an imbalance. I’m not saying that you can’t go out at night to enjoy some time with your friends, or that you can’t stay late to finish work you need to get done by a certain deadline, but just be mindful of the consequences of an uneven sleep schedule.

Try to go to bed at the same time every night, and wake up at the same time every morning. Even when it is a weekend, resist the urge to stay in bed for too long. If you need help falling asleep easier at night, I have put together a post here that has some helpful tips to ensure you get better rest. Better sleep equals better health!

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T.J. LaPanta is a Florida based aspiring comedian and health nut.
When he's not trying to hack his way through a post-graduate degree, he's slaving away in the kitchen, working out, or trying to score a date.

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