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Your circadian rhythm will be disrupted.

 

Your circadian rhythm will be disrupted.


Did you know that your body depends on the regular day and night schedule to set up its internal clock?

Anything that messes with this routine disrupts your rhythm.

If the Earth stands still, your entire sleep-wake cycle loses its pattern. You can think of it as extended jet lag.

Long term, this may affect several processes in your body, such as hormone secretion, energy metabolism, and body temperature regulation.

“A disrupted circadian rhythm may manifest itself as insomnia, where both the quality and duration of sleep is insufficient—or it can create the opposite problem, in which someone is sleepy and fatigued all of the time because their sleep cycle is not jibing with their circadian rhythm,” Jyoti Matta, MD, medical director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Jersey City Medical Center, tells WebMD Connect to Care.

“This might be due to a work schedule, such as one that involves night shifts or irregular hours, or it may be due to a unique social situation,” Matta says.

Research has found a connection between restricted sleep and adverse changes in your metabolism, according to Mayo Clinic. In adults, cravings for high-calorie foods may increase due to an insufficient amount of sleep. Another potential reason for weight gain is the reduction of physical activity due to constant fatigue.  

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