Our bodies have a natural, built-in physiological cycle of about 24 hours that is regulated by the sun and the light and dark cycles of day and night. This cycle regulates many hormonal and biochemical processes in our bodies, and is extremely sensitive to an individual’s external exposure to light and darkness. The most common dysregulation of this system comes from extended exposure to light and stimulus and not enough rest in silent darkness. Ideally, most of the physical repair of your bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, organs, glands, and skin happens between the hours of 10 pm and 2 am. Most of the psychological and neurological repair happens between the hours of 2 am and 6 am. Bright lights, television, computers, caffeine, alcohol, and sugar can all lead to elevated cortisol levels at night that end up disrupting your body’s natural rhythm. Improper diet, as well as fungal, bacterial, or parasite infections can also lead to disturbances in sleep patterns. When this natural sleep and wake hormonal cycle is disrupted, physical and psychological repair will be compromised, making it difficult to heal and achieve lasting health.
Stressed Circadian Rhythm
Normal Circadian Rhythm