Wellbeing, Women's Health

The Bodies Circadian Rhythm Regulates Hormones and the bodies Sleep Cycle … So what is yours saying about your health?

The bodies internal systems follow a circadian rhythm which synchronise with the master clock, which is governed by the Hypothalamus and suprachiasmatic nucleus. This regulates organs and the hormone activity throughout the body which are critical to maintenance of our wellbeing and mental health.

The master clock is influenced by environmental factors and light is important for supporting the day and night cycle.

How is Day and Night Cycle affected by stress?

The day night cycle should be aligned with our circadian rhythm and when it is it promotes consistent and restorative sleep. If a person is stressed, or unable to care for their wellbeing, this will throw the circadian rhythm off course and have a detrimental impact on sleep.

Sleep Problems

Impact wellness and result in sleep problems that may also result in insomnia. It has been well evidenced that our circadian rhythms play an integral role in all aspects of our spiritual, physical and mental health.

This cycle is important for bodies the rhythmic sleep-wake cycle. Support your Circadian Rhythm and support your organs and hormones back to health

Some of Hormones that contribute to Endocrine Health

The digestive system is often the first place we notice this as it produces digestive enzymes. These digestive enzymes  support health e.g with set meal times, as the endocrine system is a significant system which regulates hormones and energy expenditure.

  • Cor­ti­sol: a key hor­mone pro­duced by the adren­al glands which reg­u­lates blood sug­ar and the bodies metab­o­lism. When Cortisol is affected by the Circadian Rhythm being out of sorts, it causes the body internal organs to feel stressed. This is why it is know as the ‘stress hor­mone’ so during periods of stress it can result in shutting down the diges­tion and repro­duc­tion systems particularly if our body internal organs are in fight or flight mode as the mind finds the situation stressful or can feel under threat.
  • Oestro­gen: one of the key hormones that regulates sexual arousals and a major hor­mone for women. Men do produce Oestro­gen, but in smaller quantities. For both Oestro­gen is important as it reg­u­lates and governs cho­les­terol and bone levels and organ health.
    For women, Oestro­gen is also respon­si­ble for :
    • Regulating the men­stru­al cycle – in early adolescence and again during peri and menopause as women produce more of this hormone.
    • it sup­port­s bones, the heart and is a mood regulator
  • Insulin: is pro­duced in the pan­creas and helps our mus­cles absorb glu­cose. Insulin also works as a blood sug­ar dissolver and a key hormone so needs careful regulation.
  • Prog­es­terone: is present for women, ( men do have prog­es­terone but far less)l. For women, prog­es­terone is a cru­cial hormone in supporting the ear­ly stages of pregnancy and governs period flow. For men, prog­es­terone is responsible for bal­ancing Oestro­gen and fertility.
  • Testos­terone: is responsible for regulating sexual hormones in men. Women possess this too but smaller quantities unless they’re is a hormone imbalance which if often noticed by the over production hair. For men, testos­terone is key for supporting phys­i­cal changes such as gen­i­tal growth, body hair, voice, and mus­cles development, In women, testos­terone also helps the repro­duc­tive tissue and overall bone health.
Key Hormone Function – Its deeper than you think

The circadian rhythms can affect these hormones so it is important to understand how to support key organs as these they may be affected when the Circadian clock is out of kilter.

You may wish to ask guidance on what you can do to do if you are concerned or this post calls and take action for maintaining your wellbeing .

The Hypothalamus – also know as our master clock, can be referred to as the circadian pacemaker, located in the brain. It is found in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN).

The Master Clock – Hypothalamus

The Hypothalamus send signals to suprachiasmatic nucleus which regulates key organ activity throughout the body and is therefore vital for maintaining wellbeing.

The SCN is also highly sensitive to light, and serves as a critical external cue that influences the signals sent by the SCN.

SCN- Hypothalamus and its many functions for improved wellbeing

It coordinates the internal clocks for the body,and is linked to the circadian rhythm which is connected to the day and night cycle. Other cues, such as exercise, social activity, body temperature, also affect the master clock, and light has the most powerful influence on the circadian rhythm.

As night begins to set in, the master clock begins the production of melatonin the hormone which is responsible for promoting restful sleep (provided we are eating well and maintaining wellbeing ). Melatonin is also key for transmitting signals to the brain to help us have a restful sleep through the night.

What Does Circadian Rhythm Affect Besides Sleep?

New Research has become significant to help us understand more about the circadian rhythms, and from this, we have learnt, that sleep and the Circadian Rhythm cycle has an direct impact on metabolism, weight, the regulation of blood sugar and cholesterol, mental health, psychologically wellbeing such as depression, bipolar disorders as well as the many neurodegenerative dis-eases such as dementia.

These tell us how important the Circadian rhythms on the immune system which is our best defence to fight off illness and prevent many dis-eases. And it also helps repair DNAin the prevention of Cancers which arise if the body is compromised or failing to repair .

Consider a MOT

Sleep MOT –

Avoid Caffeine after 7pm

Reduce the use of EMF and electronic devices in the bedroom

Go to bed by 10pm

Take more sunlight during the day

Eat Well

Take regular exercise – 5 times a week

Get in touch if you feel you may need expert help to make the changes that will help you promote a better day/ night cycle and enhance your holistic wellbeing.

Randhiraj Bilan
Support your Circadian Rhythm – Support your organs and hormones back to health

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