The biological clock of life

October 28, 2017

Nature has set a balance, the balance governed by our inner self. This balance is what we call the circadian rhythm. The Nobel Prize for Physiology in 2017, this year, went to researchers Jeffrey Hall and Michael Rosbash alongside Michael W. Young for their work on studies related to biological clocks and circadian rhythms. Starting about 30 years ago researches began to study the inner built biological clocks that keep us functioning 24 hours a day, following the same monotonous routine.


The biological clock of life in relation to sunlight


Circadian rhythms are essentially the 24 hour cycle built in human beings controlling their physiological processes. This is an enigma of its own, having been integrated in all living creatures, this clock keeps in check our hormones, respiration rates and what not.


The balance keeps us in accordance with all of nature. There is a reason that your body aches to sleep whilst you sit up, frantically completing that final article. Once this harmony is broken, your body starts fighting against itself, showing to you, that no matter how much you try, nature will always impose its will upon you.


Your hypothalamus controls your circadian rhythm, this in sync with our daily habits, makes up our personalities, what we eat, drink, how long we can work for and most importantly our sleep. Yes, sleep is the most important tumult carried in our body. In prospect it is only when you sleep that your brain consolidates your long term memory.


As life gets frenetic, we are forced to improvise but this improvisation has its toll on us. Messing with our circadian rhythm has is repercussions; it drastically changes the way our hormones work which can hamper growth, intensify aging and cause serious disorders.


Your circadian rhythm works best when you have settled rest propensities, such as going to bed during the evening and getting up in the morning around similar circumstances from every day. At the point when things act as a burden, like staring at your phone that keeps you up into the small hours of the morning, you can upset your circadian rhythm, which influences you to get a handle on of sorts and can make it harder to focus.

The circadian rhythm is much like Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Vitruvian Man’, establishing the fact that humans have a strong connection to their surroundings and nature in general, ultimately nodding towards holistic beliefs.


Circadian conduct and physiology are controlled by the ace check in the hypothalamus zone of the mind—the suprachiasmatic core, otherwise known as the SCN. For a long time, it was trusted that the SCN had full control over circadian rhythms all through the body, however we now know, partially through the sub-atomic components uncovered by the Nobel-winning researchers' work, that each cell has the apparatus to keep time.

The discovery of these complex rhythms has led us to change our perception of reality and maybe for once, we can start setting our clocks straight.





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