Your circadian rhythm is set by the oscillation of a core circadian clock. Just like the sun rises and sets every day, you have a daily rhythm inside of you, controlling a lot of your cellular functions.
Researchers have recently discovered just how much your health and wellbeing is entrenched in this system of oscillating proteins, rising and falling over a 24-hour period. Disrupting your circadian rhythm can cause weight gain, mood disorders, heart disease, diabetes, and dementia.
Your genetic variants play a big role in why and how you are susceptible to chronic diseases due to circadian rhythm disruption. Some people are more resilient than others.
Recent articles on Circadian Rhythm Genes:
Melatonin: Key to Health and Longevity - It seems like everything that I’ve written about lately has a common thread: melatonin. When I started weaving together all those melatonin threads, a big picture was revealed. You could say it is a… tapestry Read more… Circadian Rhythm Genes: Mood Disorders - Roosters crowing at the first crack of daylight. Morning glories unfurling their blooms as the sun rises in the sky. Lightning bugs flickering just as dusk falls. Most people intuitively understand that plants respond to Read more… Genetics of Seasonal Affective Disorder - The Winter Blues… described as a low feeling, generally apathetic, blah, usually accompanied by changes in sleep. It is fairly common in northern latitudes, affecting almost 10% of some populations. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is Read more…