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Body clock for better health

  • Published at 02:55 pm February 7th, 2014
Body clock for better health

It is surprising that your body follows a clock, whether or not you wear a watch on your wrist. Your ability to get a good night’s sleep, your blood pressure, and your stamina during exercise – just about every biological process sticks to some kind of daily or seasonal rhythm. Our body clock is the best daily planner. Research shows being healthier means keeping in sync with your body’s natural 24-hour clock. Here we offer our guide to help you control your internal rhythm.

Eat breakfast within an hour of rising

The reason to eat soon after waking is that a full night’s sleep also means eight hours without food for your body, so, in a bid to conserve energy, your levels of leptin and insulin drop dramatically.

These two blood-sugar hormones affect how fast your body turns food into fuel and low levels make you feel sluggish. Eating triggers a rise in leptin and insulin, which tells your body that the overnight fast isn’t a famine and boosts your energy levels.

Get your dental treatment in the afternoon

The pain-killing effect of dental anaesthesia lasts longer in the afternoon than it does in the morning. In one study, lignocaine kept nerves numb up to five times longer when it was injected in the early afternoon compared to the early morning.

Check your blood pressure at morning and night

As a general rule, blood pressure fluctuates throughout the day – it hits its lowest point around bedtime and its highest when you wake up in the morning. If you’re keeping an eye on your blood pressure to help your doctor decide whether you need medication, you could get an inaccurate picture by taking your reading just once a day. If you’re measuring it yourself, it’s best to do it in the morning and evening. Be sure to do it at the same times each day – don’t bounce around. Taking the two readings could make the difference between your doctor prescribing blood pressure drugs and advising you to stick with diet and exercise.

Weigh yourself on Wednesday and Saturday

For those trying to lose weight, experts have long suggested stepping on the scales at least once a week – that’s the habit of most members of the National Weight Control Registry in the US, every one of whom has taken off at least 13 kilos and kept it off for a year or more.

A new study from the Washington University School of Medicine said, during the end of the week like Wednesday, dieters will find their weight at their lowest and after holidays on Saturday, they will find their weight much higher because of the overeating on holidays and then again try to get back in line for the rest of the week.

Exercise in the evening

If you want to get fit faster, a late-day workout is the most efficient way to go. Researchers show that strength and endurance increase by about 5 percent between 4 pm and 8 pm, compared with morning hours, so you can push yourself harder. Your muscles are warmer too, which will help you avoid injury.

Have dinner earlier

Recent research supports the folk wisdom that eating at night is more tending to add the kilograms. In one study, researchers found eating more at night time can gain much weight. If you think you’re doing everything right with your diet but you’re not losing weight, try having dinner an hour earlier. It won’t hurt, and it might help.

Go to sleep before 12

A study found going to bed with in 12 am will help to sleep well and feel refreshed on the following morning when the 24-hour cycle starts all over again.

Make love at early morning

There’s a biological reason that men are so revved up for sex after a night’s sleep. At early morning, testosterone level rises in a peak level. Testosterone is a leading contributor to sexual feelings in men. When a man has higher testosterone and is well-rested, he has more energy during sex. That energy will help him last longer in love making.

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