Your Body Clock : How To Set It Sleep Info
The human body is full of complicated systems producing hormones, enzymes and chemicals at different times of the day. It’s important to know what your body is doing and plan your daily routine around it.
For you early birds the morning could start at 6am, but for most of us it starts later and ends at 9am.
Scientists at Oxford University claim that in the early morning our body is most vulnerable to have a heart attack. This is due to blood vessels becoming stiff and blood becoming thick as we sleep. It is therefore a bad time to start doing exercise, we need our body to wake up first and prepare our body for the day.
From 9.00am to 11.59am.
This is the time when our body is at its most alert, and our short-term memory is working overdrive. This is a good time to do those big hard thinking jobs at work and leave the easier stuff for later.
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12.00pm to 2.00pm gets our tummies rumbling.
During this time our body is preparing for that big meal deal sandwich and we have a boost in gastric activity. This causes a rush of blood to our digestive system causing our brain to have less oxygen; this could be a reason for the spike in the number of deaths on the road during this time period. Annoyingly this is therefore a bad time to have a beer or glass of wine as alcohol will also increase how drowsy we feel.
3pm to 6pm, tie up those trainers and let’s go for a run!
This time period is perfect for exercise, our body’s temperature increases and our heart and lungs work harder. In fact there is such a noticeable difference in the body’s performance that athletes use this time period to break world records.
6pm to 9pm is a strange time for us westerners.
It is part of the traditional Buddhist belief that you should not eat after noon. After work we normally want to come home and have a big hot meal for tea, however this is a bad habit. Our bodies are getting ready to go to sleep and gastric activity is slowing down, so if you want a big meal then you better eat it early. On the other hand however, our liver is at its full potential meaning we handle alcohol better. A good time for a night cap!
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From 9pm to Midnight our bodies start to slow down.The moment we’ve all been waiting for! Our core body temperature falls and melatonin is produced causing us to become sleepy and drowsy. On average we spend a third of our life in bed sleeping!
12pm to 3am is shut down mode.During the day our brain produces excess toxins that get washed away during our sleep, without sleep, toxins continually build up slowing down our brains potential activity. If you’re a night shift worker or driving home from the airport then watch out, our levels of attention are very low at this time.
3am to 6am our body is fast asleep.Dreaming of flying or that neighbour next door, our body is fast asleep and doesn’t want to wake up yet. The level of melatonin which is a sleep hormone and found in sleeping pills is currently at a very high level. Our core body temperature is also colder than at any other part of the day; this can lead to sever asthma attacks. However it also helps improve the speed that our skin can repair itself along with any other damage we might have suffered during the day.
It’s extremely important that we have a comforting peaceful sleep, our bodies need to rest but so does our brain. If you suffer from any body aches in the morning then maybe it’s time to refresh your pillows and mattress, or maybe even try one of our specialised sleeping aids.
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Credits to BBC News,
Written by Rheece.