If you want better sleep and more energy, don’t ignore your circadian rhythm. An off-kilter circadian rhythm can cause insomnia, frequent waking, poor attention or mood, or negatively affect your physical health.
Do whatever you can to keep your bedroom as dark as possible when sleeping. Turn off the TV. Put away your mobile or tablet. Dial the lights way down. Why? The reason may not be what you think.
A circadian rhythm is the internal clock established by your brain. Your brain will make note of when it is exposed to light and when it is exposed to darkness, creating a loose 24-hour clock to go by. The clockwork is quite fragile since, biologically, your brain has only been exposed to two variables to adjust it: sunlight and moonlight.
You may feel like you haven’t been sleeping well since the pandemic hit, and statistics say you’re not alone. Researchers have even coined a name for it: “coronasomnia.” That’s the wide-spread increase in sleepless nights and disturbed slumber that has spread over every age group during the past year.
Humans are most vulnerable to sleep deprivation in early March, as they transition from Standard Time to DST. One study found that the average person receives 40 minutes less sleep on the Monday after “springing forward” compared to other nights of the year. Researchers have also noted negative effects that occur during the transition from DST to Standard Time in November.
Sleep is a necessary process to refuel, recharge, and restore our bodies. As important as it is for adults, it’s even more critical for teens. Their bodies and brains are still developing, making shuteye crucial to ensure proper development.
As kids move from their childhood to their teenage years, they experience a shift in their biological clock.
Insomnia isn’t just for adults. An estimated 17 percent of teens suffer from chronic sleeplessness, and the consequences can be dire. Fortunately, neurofeedback, which is what we do at Center for Brain in Jupiter, can help.
Insomnia causes more than sleepiness in school and an inability to concentrate. In a study published in 2014 in the journal Sleep Medicine that looked at 350 students in grades 7-12 in Australia,