TIP TUESDAY: Daylight savings & circadian rhythm

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TIP TUESDAY: Your circadian rhythm is your body’s natural, 24-hour internal clock. Is is also known as your sleep-wake cycle. A part of your brain (the hypothalamus) controls your circadian rhythm and it is affected by lightness and darkness. When it’s dark, your eyes send a signal to the hypothalamus that it’s time to feel tired. In response, your body releases melatonin, making you tired. (Note: this is why shift work is terrible for your circadian rhythm… sleeping during the day at peak sunlight is not what your body normally does.) Your circadian rhythm works best when you maintain regular sleep habits, like going to bed at night and waking up in the morning at the same time each day. When things get in the way, like jet lag, daylight savings time, or something on TV that you must absolutely stay up to see how it ends (thank you, World Series) it can disrupt your circadian rhythm. This can leave you feeling out of sorts, or in the case of our children, behaving like little beasties for the past several days...😫 Get back on track through a regular sleeping routine and try to minimize any further disruptions to your sleep-wake cycle. 🌒

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