How Important Is The Circadian Rhythm?

Nobel Prize in Medicine
(Last Updated On: November 7, 2017)

As we bid goodbye to a chilly October 2017 (yes folks, global warming is a fact) we thought it would be befitting to bring the curtains down on October with a blog on the Nobel Prize  in medicine; October being the month the prestigious prize is announced. Jeffrey Hall and Michael Rosbash, of Brandeis University, and Michael Young, of Rockefeller University, shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their work on the circadian rhythm, commonly known as the biological clock.

Honestly, how may of us ever think about the internal biological clock that is ticking all the time in every single cell of our body? Very unlikely that any of us ever do, unless one is a scientist or a researcher. This clock runs on a 24-hour, light-dark cycle in sync with the sun. These 3 scientists were able to take a peek into this biological clock common to humans, plants, and animals.

Right from the moment we wake up, throughout our working day till we go to bed at night, these clocks regulate everything from our hormones, to our temperature, to our metabolism. The scientists explained how this internal biological rhythm is synchronized with the revolutions of the earth by isolating a gene and studying the protein produced by the gene. This particular protein increased during night and degraded during the day on a particular circadian rhythm.

Since the intricate mechanism of our biological clock has been intercepted, it can be better explained as to why people get jet lagged when their natural sleep cycle is disturbed or a late night dinner is bad for health affecting our natural rhythm. Also, it is widely predicted that the findings will explain as to why some among us are “night owls” and some others “morning people”. In continuation of sleep and sleep patterns in individuals, it is important that you should consult a physician if sleep issues are bothering you from sometime. Also, if you are looking for sleep therapy equipment to buy or rent, get in touch with Portea.



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Sreedevi Madhavan manages the content at Portea. She has 6 years of experience writing and managing medical content relevant to the patient and physician community. She also writes blogs for self-development, a handiwork of which can be seen at: Sreedevi’s motto in life is “Keep learning, as learning keeps us young and dreams keep us alive.”


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