Circadian Rhythms: Our mini body clocks

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Circadian Rhythms: Our mini body clocks

There are times that we are really exhausted! It is not the result of any strenuous work but maybe because of the dim light and pleasant or otherwise drowsy temperatures. To elaborate, Biology professor, Fred David of Northeastern University explains the concept of circadian rhythms which are “biological processes that naturally follow a 24- hour cycle”.

 

Changes in temperature, the phenomenon of day and light, seasons, variations of temperature have always had a huge influence on human life. Because of the rotation of the planet, our body creates an internal clock which anticipates the changes in the weather.

 

This clock was first observed in the movement of leaves at night of which the research was conducted by botanists in the year 1729. The circadian rhythm experiment was conducted on people who lived in Mammoth cave where there was no light. These individuals had adapted to the dark and were able to use their own synthetic light sources. With this, they were able to live a normal life.

 

With added research, the clock was found in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). According to David, it is the part of the eye that allows neurons to enter the brain. It is the regulation of SCN that controls your circadian rhythms.

 

When every cell of our body has its own mini clock, there are chances of an extreme disturbance if something goes wrong in the rhythm functioning. This is most prominently found in cases of Alzheimer’s where the patient loses control over his thoughts and actions leading to disarray. Any further research in this work will prove beneficial, as it will give a chance and hope for treatments to many individuals who suffer from neurotic disorders.

 

Therefore, through this research one comes across a scientific reason behind a not so willing attitude towards doing anything. These circadian rhythms can change and do seem to regulate the mini clock of your system.

 

Akshara Palshetkar

Akshara Palshetkar
Akshara Palshetkar

aksharapalshetkar22@gmail.com

"Bachelor's in English Literature and a creative mind at heart"

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