Biological Clock Day 2023: Every year on April 28, Biological Clock Day is observed to raise awareness about the circadian rhythm and its influence on our sleep-wake cycle, body system, and temperament. Did you know that we practised segmented sleep in the Middle Ages, prior to the invention of the electric light bulb, which reduced the length of sleep to six hours? The biological clock is connected to the circadian rhythm, a 24-hour cycle that regulates vital functions and processes, such as the sleep-wake cycle. The circadian rhythms are linked to a master clock in the brain that regulates activity throughout the body by sending out signals. The circadian rhythms are regulated by this master clock, which is influenced by environmental stimuli.
HOW TO RECOGNISE THE DAY OF THE BIOLOGICAL CLOCK
Discover your biological schedule
Each individual’s internal schedule regulates the body’s functions. Understanding your biological schedule can assist in improving your overall health, preventing weight gain, and enhancing your productivity. Observing your daily routine or taking the TimeSignature test can help you determine your biological schedule. This requires two blood tests separated by 10 to 12 hours. Check with your local clinic to see if the test is offered.
Take sleep more seriously
When given the appropriate importance, sleep offers a multitude of advantages. Putting it at the bottom of your to-do list could have severe consequences for your health and your relationship. On National Biological Clock Day, resolve to prioritise slumber more.
Share your understanding of the biological cycle
Do you belong to the medical or scientific community? Or do you chance to be more knowledgeable than the average person about the biological clock? Utilise this knowledge on National Biological Clock Day to educate people about the significance of circadian rhythms. You can share this information with your colleagues, friends, and social media followers.
5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT SLEEP
One-third is devoted to slumber
On average, humans spend one-third of their lives asleep.
There are also black and white dreams.
Before the advent of colour television, many individuals dreamed in black and white, according to research.
Dreams are fleeting.
Within five minutes of awakening, we forget approximately 90% of our dreams.
Sleep deprivation destroys
Sleep deprivation is more lethal than dietary deprivation.
Lose sleep, experience more pain
According to a study, reducing your amount of sleep can lower your pain threshold.
WHY BIOLOGICAL CLOCK DAY IS CONSIDERABLE
It’s essential to our welfare
The biological clock, also known as the circadian rhythm, regulates bodily processes and functions including the sleep-wake cycle, heart rate, metabolism, body temperature, and hormone levels. A disruption in circadian rhythms can result in weight gain, insomnia, deteriorating mental health, and decreased productivity.
Sleeping enough hours per night increases productivity
According to research, sleep deprivation can impair concentration and cognition and diminish confidence. Potentially, adequate sleep can improve problem-solving abilities and memory efficacy. In fact, corporate employees are currently utilising sleep to increase their work productivity.
Social interaction is improved by sleep
Sleep deprivation can result in depression and a diminished capacity to regulate our emotions and behaviours. By making sleep a priority in your daily lives, you can enhance your relationships with others and your interactions with them.
BIOLOGICAL CLOCK DAY HISTORY
Sleep is a natural process comparable to ingesting and breathing. Since the beginning of human evolution, slumber has been essential. And as civilization evolves, so do human sleeping patterns, as a result of cultural adjustments, migration, and technological advancements. We have a limited comprehension of how early humans slept, as there is scant historical evidence of early hunter-gatherer and agricultural societies. By observing hunter-gatherer communities in Tanzania, Bolivia, and Namibia, researchers determined that early humans slept for approximately 6.25 hours and rarely awoke during the night. This changed when humans migrated to Europe, where the extended nights led to segmented sleep.
The earliest mentions of the segmented slumber pattern appeared in Homer’s “The Odyssey” between 725 B.C. and 625 B.C., and the practise persisted through the Renaissance. During the time between the first and second sleep, people engage in quiet conversation, pray, perform chores, visit acquaintances, and engage in sexual activity. During the late Middle Ages and Renaissance, this slumber pattern was most revered. All of this, however, altered in the nineteenth century, at the height of the Industrial Revolution. Thomas Edison devised the incandescent light bulb in 1839, resulting in longer workdays and the end of segmented rest.
People and businesses began to prioritise work and productivity over a restful night’s sleep. This increase in working hours contributed to the emergence of early labour movements, such as the eight-hour movement. In 1926, Ford implemented the eight-hour workday and 40-hour workweek, which eventually became the standard for all enterprises worldwide. People are rediscovering the value of sleep due to its myriad health benefits and effect on productivity. Corporate businesspeople are currently utilising sleep as one of their instruments to increase productivity, napping between meetings and business trips.
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