Supporting the body’s 24-hour cycle could be the key to feeling and looking better – and there are some simple ways to do so.
In partnership with Tatler.
A hectic lifestyle fuelled by caffeine and sugar is sometimes unavoidable regardless of one’s best yoga and green juice intentions, but the next time the dreaded 4pm slump strikes, remember that it's probably down to your circadian rhythm. The term may sound a little ‘out-there’ – but the circadian rhythm is the fundamental cycle behind life’s daily ups and downs. Taking its main cue from light signals, this 24-hour rhythm governs everything from sleep, hormones and body temperature to eating habits and metabolism.
Respecting this so-called ‘master clock’ helps the body to thrive, while throwing it off balance can wreak havoc (key culprits here are sleep deprivation, jet lag and an irregular lifestyle). There are some simple ways to keep it running smoothly, including a good dose of daylight, which helps to keep the body in sync with the outside world; dimming lights before bed (including the ones shining out from electric screens); sticking to a regular sleep schedule, and eating at the same time each day.