In the news: Your body clock

Your body’s internal clock has the ability to change and affect you both physically and mentally throughout the day. It can affect your mood, as well as how well you react to certain situations along with your physical activity, too.

A report from the BBC explains how a recent study has demonstrated that there are two periods throughout the day in which the way cells behave significantly changes. This knowledge is thought to be able to assist in the way certain medications work, as by targeting these peak times, their efficiency could potentially be increased.

The pair of peak times in which cells change their behaviour is said to occur before dusk and again before dawn. To read more about the study, you can find further information here.

The BBC News site provides a handy insight into your body clock, detailing the numerous phases throughout the day in which you may experience high levels of alertness as well as troughs in productivity. For example, the guide explains how between the hours of 9:00am and 11:59am, you are at your most alert for the day. This means you may find you are at your most productive during this time, as your stress hormone levels are usually at their natural highest point. Using the calculator on this site, you can determine when you are most active, and find out how balanced your body clock is.

It is also thought that a disrupted body clock can be linked to depression. However, NHS advice explains how it is uncertain whether it is the disrupted body clock that can lead to depression, or vice versa, as studies looking into this are in the far too early stages to determine.

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