Our bodies have a natural clock that operates in accordance with darkness and light, and many of our bodily functions fluctuate according to this schedule. However, some of our modern ways of living don't match up with this natural clock, which can cause some health issues. Luckily, there are a number of habits that can help you live in sync with your natural circadian rhythm, and doing so can come with some positive changes. When we try to honor our body's natural schedule, it can help with sleep, mood, disease prevention, and more.
"Most of the Earth’s inhabitants thrive on a circadian rhythm," family physician Dr. Elizabeth Rice, ND tells Bustle. "Plants, animals, and, even, bacteria are driven by internal clocks that mimic the Earth’s 24 hour light/dark cycle. As humans, our bodies are inextricably linked with this natural circadian rhythm, and our health is dependent upon harmonizing with it."
If you're still not convinced that our health requires staying in line with our natural circadian rhythm, think about how you feel when you travel across the world for the first few days. "Jet lag is a prime example of what happens when our natural circadian rhythm is disrupted," Dr. Rice says.
To help you maximize your health and feel your best, consider adopting these seven habits that help you live in sync with your natural circadian rhythm.