Have you ever gotten up in the morning and just felt like your body was not waking up properly? Or have you experienced a crash in energy during the day that made you want to suddenly take a nap? These experiences are both part of your body’s circadian rhythm – the natural and internal clock that we all have. Unfortunately, most of us operate on a schedule that does not align with our circadian rhythm, which can cause us to not function as well as we should.
What is the Circadian Rhythm?
The circadian rhythm is your body’s internal clock that runs inside your brain. This rhythm or cycle is your body’s natural way of cycling between sleepiness and alertness. The circadian rhythm is controlled by the hypothalamus, and can be impacted by factors like light and dark, television, jet lag, and more.
According to the National Safety Council, most adults have a natural circadian rhythm similar to the following:
· 6:00 a.m. – Body is still in sleep mode