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Regulating Your Circadian Rhythm

Regulating Your Circadian Rhythm

Circadian rhythms are internal changes that set the timing for and regulate various processes such as sleep-wake cycles, hormonal activity, body temperature, eating and digestion.  

When properly aligned, a circadian rhythm can promote consistent and restorative rest that, in turn, increases alertness for daytime activity. However, when your circadian rhythm is thrown off, the body’s systems do not function properly, leading to sleeping problems. 

A disturbed sleep-wake circadian rhythm can lead a person to struggle to fall asleep, wake up during the night, or be unable to remain asleep longer than usual in the morning. A disrupted circadian rhythm leads to reduced sleep overall, which means shallower, fragmented, and lower-quality sleep.

Although we do not have complete control over our circadian rhythm, there are several ways to try and better regulate our 24-hour sleep cycles

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What Is Circadian Rhythm?

What Is Circadian Rhythm?

Circadian rhythms are natural, internal changes that help the body coordinate and optimize various systems during a 24-hour cycle. When people talk about circadian rhythms, it is most often in the context of sleep. Our circadian rhythm aligns our sleep and wakefulness with the cycle of day and night. In the case that your circadian rhythm is thrown off by daylight savings or jet lag, there are a few things you can do to minimize the effects of time zone shifts by giving your internal clock some helpful cues. 

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Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Sleep?

Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Sleep? Ever heard the phrase too much of a good thing? Well, it can also apply to sleep. While we talk about sleep issues at length, we usually skip right to lack of sleep. However, oversleeping can be just as bad for your health. So, what is too much sleep? The recommended duration each night for adults is 7-9 hours. If you find yourself in bed for prolonged amounts of time, this could be a sign that you’re not getting quality sleep. This can lead to both physical and mental health issues. 

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Sleeping Around Irregular Schedules

Sleeping Around Irregular Schedules While we preach a consistent schedule, we also acknowledge that life doesn’t always allow everyone to accommodate a consistent sleep schedule. For all our shift workers out there, here are our favourite ways to ensure quality sleep when you aren’t on a 9-5 schedule.  If you are one of those whose schedules can be unpredictable, we hope you can incorporate some of these easy tips into your everyday life.

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So You Can't Sleep?

So You Can't Sleep?

If you often find yourself stirring in bed all night long, you are not alone. We’ve compiled a list of go-to solutions to turn to during that midnight burst of wakefulness. Next time you find yourself wide awake at 1am, turn to a few of these methods to see what works for you. 



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