One of summertime’s greatest joys? Travel to faraway places. One of its biggest headaches (other than the TSA lines)? Jet lag. It’s the traveler’s equivalent of a hangover, with the main difference being that you probably had no fun getting it, and the pain will last longer than the alcohol-induced kind. And why does jet lag still have such power over us?
Tag Archive: Circadian rhythms
As a holistic psychiatrist practicing in New York City, I see a lot of people who struggle with sleep. Sleep problems include difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, not getting tired at night, not having enough time to get adequate sleep, and sleeping well but not feeling rested in the morning. While I can’t shorten your commute time or work hours, and I can’t stop a crying infant from disrupting your sleep, we can improve the quality of your sleep with a few easy fixes.
New research shows that sleep significantly influences metabolism, appetite and weight management. Could getting more shuteye help you ward off excess pounds? When I was in college, I often began my homework at midnight. Nothing seemed to focus my thoughts on a term paper better than a morning deadline. I knew this routine wasn’t a wise one — after all, I might crash facedown in my textbook. But I told myself that adrenaline improved my writing. Besides, I figured I was losing weight on those nights with only four hours of sleep. I assumed that all that effort to stay awake and functional had to be zapping away the day’s calories. Turns out that I was greatly mistaken.
Administering Medicines at spaced intervals as opposed to when most effective: Although Western medicine discovered circadian rhythms about 300 years... View Article