What is Your Internal Clock?

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Last updated: July 1, 2018 at 18:17 pm

clock photoHumans use the clock to tell time. The clock helps us organize our time and keep track of our activities. We usually hang the clock on our wall, or on our wrists – in which case it’s call a “wristwatch.” Nowadays, most people glanced at the smartphone or the computer when they want to know what time it is. Telling time is becoming easier, more accurate and more streamlined as technology advances.

We look at the clock when we want to know if it’s time to take a break from work for lunch. And we take a look at the clock to figure out if we’re running late for school or work. The clock helps us decide “what hour” to get into bed, and it even helps us wake up in the morning through an alarm system. Indeed, the clock is a marvelous invention that helps us manage our time, meet appointments and coordinate daily events.

But what if I told you that there is a clock inside of you – inside of every human being in fact. Well, not literally. Every human being is wired with an internal mechanism that may be compared with the clock. It’s called our internal clock.

For example, if you’ve been waking up at 6 in the morning and going to sleep at 9 in the night, you will natural start feeling drowsy around 8:30 in the night. This is controlled by your body’s “internet clock.”

And you can program your internal clock. For example, a man who worked the night shift for six months will have difficulty falling asleep in the night long after he stopped working the night shift. If he takes on a day job, he will feel drowsy during the daytime perhaps for several months  – or until he successfully reprograms his internet clock.

Your body summons up energy levels based on the timings of your internet clock. Let’s say Mary goes jogging every morning at 6 A.M. She jogs for 6 miles each morning. But one morning, Mary had some relatives come over and she couldn’t go jogging for a few days. During those days, Mary will feel a surge of energy starting around 6 in the morning and lasting a few hours. That  is because her internal clock tells her body that it’s jogging time. The body then gears up to release the needed energy.

People train their bodies to summon up energy through constant exercise programs. That is why people who exercise regularly are often more fit and healthy than people who don’t. In the same way, we train our bodies to be alert, tired or drowsy at different periods of the day and night based on our activities, routine and exercise program.

Sometimes, because of a change of environment and lifestyle, we need to reprogram our internal clocks. This can be hard. If we recently started a night shift job, for example, and we’re not “used” to staying up in the night, it can be a bit of a challenge. Coffee is a healthy beverage that can help us to reprogram our internet clocks because coffee has the effect of keeping us awake.

But what if your internal clock has been programmed to keep you awake when you need to sleep? A glass of wine can do the trick.

Tip: Try your best to avoid prescription medication such as sleeping pills which be addictive and have dangerous side effects as well.

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