Good morning, sunshine! Not a morning person? Don’t worry. You don’t have to be cheery about it to reap the rewards of rising early. The health benefits of getting outside in the morning and catching some proverbial “rays” are substantial and well documented, and provide you with an easy way to boost not only your outlook on the day ahead of you, but to make an impact on your ongoing sleep patterns.
In our blog earlier this month, we demystified the concept of circadian rhythm—that 24-hour schedule your body should naturally stick to. But what if it doesn’t? For those who suspect they struggle with circadian rhythm disruptions, the impacts are significant. Advances in genetic studies of circadian rhythms have led to the recognition that the circadian system is tightly coupled with processes controlling both sleep and metabolism.