Posts Tagged ‘circadian rhythm’

5 Tips to Get Your Body Rhythm Back

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Source: MindBodyGreen – your guide to wellness

 

Title: 5 Tips to Get Your Body Rhythm Back

 

Do you feel like you’re out of sync? Here are some tips to help get your rhythm back…

 

Tip 3: Make sure you get natural light. Just as we need darkness to support our sleep cycles, we need light — particularly morning sun- for our day cycles. We need the light of the sun to trigger our metabolism, alertness and overall ability to function and perform. And if you spend most of your day indoors, replace your artificial or fluorescent lights with full-spectrum light bulbs.

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Comments: This article by Dr Frank Lipman covers five different areas you can work on to get your body into it’s unique rhythm. If you have problems sleeping or any other problem that is caused by your circadian rhythm being out of sync, then we recommend you take the time to read the full article and implement some of his tips.

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Unhappy Holidays and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Source: American Soul Food

 

Unhappy Holidays and Seasonal Affective Disorder

 

Douse Yourself in Light.
When you wake and want to pull the comforter over your head, flip on the light or throw open the curtains instead. Look into the light. Use the force. Getting light into your eyes. Try a winter light machine or broad spectrum bulbs in your lamps both at work and home to make up for lost UV rays from the sun. Sunlight gets your circadian rhythm on track, helping to manage cortisol (your stress and get-up-and-go hormone) and melatonin (a calm and sleep hormone).

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Comments: For those currently in the grip of an overly long winter, we recommend the 10 tips outlined in this article for ways to beat the winter blues.

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Best of 2011 – Sleep

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Looking back on 2011 – another topic that seemed to be dear to many hearts was sleep, or the lack of it. While creating material on the subject of full-spectrum light we wrote about this topic a number of times.

 

The key out-take is that we need to alternate full-spectrum and dim light at the right times (ie full-spectrum during daylight hours and dim light in the evening) in order for our circadian rhythm to allow us to sleep soundly at night. (more…)


Circadian rhythms and how to check yours

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Our circadian rhythms are the daily cycle by which our bodies operate. For example: they tell you when to be tired and when to be awake. They are also the useful clock that tells your body to concentrate urine production overnight – allowing you an uninterrupted nights sleep.

 

These rhythms are self-sustaining but set by external cues – the primary one being sunlight or the lack there-of.

 

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Jet Lag and Light

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Anyone who has suffered from trying to drag themselves through a normal workday after a long international trip, knows the discomfort caused by crossing time-zones. And yet it appears there is a simple remedy available.

 

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Why is circadian disruption relevant?

Monday, July 25th, 2011

We recently found reference to an 2007 meeting report from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in the United States, where they discussed how best to conduct research on possible connections between lighting and health

 

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Blue-enriched white light in the workplace improves self-reported alertness, performance and sleep quality

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

Energy Saving LampResearch carried out at the Surrey Sleep Centre at the University of Surrey in partnership with Philips Lighting has revealed that changing traditional white-light lighting to blue-enriched white light helped office workers stay more alert and less sleepy during the day.
 
The research also showed improvements in subjective measures of positive moods, work performance, fatigue in the evening, irritability, ability to concentrate and focus and eye strain. The workers also reported improved sleep at night.
 
The blue-enriched white light is thought to be more effective because it targets a recently discovered novel photoreceptor in the eye. (more…)