Spring has sprung! Flowers are blooming & the sun is shining bright, but why do you feel like a withering daffodil?
Overwhelmed with thoughts of spring cleaning & planning, we often forget about the time change that accompanies this beautiful season until we’re sitting in front of a clock with an incorrect time on display. When you realize the effect of that 1 stolen hour of sleep digital clocks will be the least of your worries! The clock most affected is an internal one, your circadian rhythm to be exact.
According to the Sleep Foundation, our circadian rhythm is a 24 hour cycle that helps to regulate sleep among other essential bodily functions such as mood and appetite. This circadian rhythm we all possess within our bodies is regulated by a circadian pacemaker that is guided by exposure to light. Circadian rhythm will be at it’s best when it is in alignment with the natural light-darkness cycle.
Darkness will signal the brain to produce melatonin, a natural hormone produced by the body to aid healthy sleep. As melatonin levels rise in the bloodstream drowsiness will occur with the purpose of stabilizing your circadian rhythm. Light on the other hand will put a stop to the production of melatonin within the body.