Circadian Syncing: A Magic Tool for Anti-Aging, Better Energy and Better Sleep
Hi there, I am Dr. Amy Shah, a double board-certified MD and nutrition expert. Today, I would like to discuss a crucial aspect of health, circadian syncing. This tool is entirely free and can help with anti-aging, increased energy levels, improved sleep, and disease control. Most people have heard of circadian rhythms but are not aware of their impact on overall health. In this article, I will explain what circadian rhythms are, how to sync with them and why they are so important.
Every one of your cells has a clock. This clock is not only present in your brain to regulate sleep patterns but in every cell of your body, including skin, liver and digestive system cells. This clock is sensitive to sunlight and has an independent rhythm. It knows when it is best to metabolize glucose and when it is best to repair and renew, which is at night. When you sync with your circadian rhythms, you not only improve your sleep but also help your cells function as they were designed.
For instance, your gut cells need time to clean up after constantly metabolizing food. They are programmed to be less effective at metabolizing at night and focus more on repair, growth and cleaning. If you eat late into the night, you disturb this process and studies have shown that your body is not as equipped to deal with the same meal given at 12 PM as it is given at 11 PM. As a result, insulin levels increase and proper metabolism is disrupted. This also applies to skin cells, and if you eat late into the night, you are more prone to skin UV damage, aging, and wrinkles.
To sync with your circadian rhythms, I recommend waking up in the morning and getting some morning sunlight, preferably before 10 AM. This can be through a window or even just two minutes of daylight. You can also stretch and do some movement outdoors if possible. Aim to start eating your meals and finish three hours before bed, with 7 PM being the ideal time. Try to go to bed at 10 PM for ideal circadian syncing and sleep for 8 hours or a little more. Wake up at 6 AM and get some more sunlight, and aim to have some movement during the day to give natural cues to your body about the time of day.
In conclusion, circadian syncing is a simple yet effective way to improve your overall health and well-being. I hope you enjoyed this article and can put the tips into practice for better sleep, more energy, and anti-aging.