Circadian Rhythm is a natural, internal process that regulates the sleep–wake cycle and repeats roughly every 24 hours. Most living things have a rhythm, a routine. It is your daily schedule for waking and resting, influenced by light and dark. Your brain receives external cues to alter body temperature, regulate metabolism and release particular hormones to trigger alertness or sleep.
Some people may experience disruptions to their circadian rhythm because of external factors or sleep disorders. Maintaining healthy habits can help you respond better to this natural rhythm of your body.
Interferences may come in several forms including: working overnight, medication, stress, travel, watching screens too close to bedtime, eating or drinking late at night or not having a regular sleep schedule.
Ways to get back on track:
- Follow a schedule or have a nighttime routine. This may include diffusing calming oils, drinking hot tea, taking a bath or stretching. Whatever your body and mind need to relax.
- Dimming lights or closing blinds
- Spend time outside when it’s daylight
- Avoid stimulants too close to bedtime
- Try reading a book, breath-work, or journaling before bed instead of screen time.
Our bodies and minds crave rhythm. As the days grow shorter and colder, maintaining a routine and keeping a healthy balance is imperative. Sleeping affects our immune system and our ability to fight off infection.
You may find making simple adjustments can keep you centered, rested and feeling better overall.