The circadian rhythm can be best explained as an internal clock that all biological life on earth is in possession of.* This internal clock, enables your body to automatically know when to wake up and get out of bed and when it’s time to go to sleep, eat, and even ovulate.* Focus and energy levels are also factors that are effected by this.* However, sleep deprivation, poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle can all hurt your ability to be naturally in tune with your circadian rhythm. In order to best utilize the circadian rhythm in your own life, we’ve included some helpful pointers to get you started on the right track if you’re not doing so already.
Eating at set times-Wakefulness and sleepiness are associated with the timing of digestion and metabolism, so it makes sense that how and what you eat will affect your internal clock.* The studies suggest that fasting can help readjust sleep clocks in people with jet lag, so you can try a 16-hour fast by eating an early dinner around 4 p.m. and not eating again until 8 a.m. the following morning.*
Increase your natural light exposure-It’s important to increase your exposure to natural light, especially in the morning.* In contrast, you want to limit as much light you’re exposed to when you’re trying to sleep. Try to make sure there isn’t any light in your bedroom when going to sleep.
Practice good sleeping habits-The more regular your sleep, the better regulated your circadian rhythm will be.* Relax and do other stress-free activities—like journaling or reading—for an hour before sleeping.* Try not having any caffeine in the evenings as well.
These pointers can help you start to take full advantage of your circadian rhythm, hopefully resulting in a happier and healthy you. As always, please consult with your healthcare provider before making any changes to your health and/or diet.