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How to Sync Your Body… No Cables Needed

January 14, 2016

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You might have heard of this thing called your circadian rhythm.

It’s very basically your body’s very own rhythm for the circle of life (queue Lion King music).

Back when we were hairy cave people, our body’s took queues from the sun and light about when to wake up, when to work and most importantly, when to sleep. It was all about homeostasis and helping our bodies understand their environments.

But now a days, the way we go about life is obviously a little different.

There are those 5am alarms to catch flights and 11pm dinners at otherwise-booked out restaurants mixed in with sleepless nights filled with blue-lit cellphones and days filled with ever-glowing computers.  We’re in an age where our schedules are totally up to us.

However, our genetics have yet to catch up; our body’s still expect there to be some kind of day/night circadian rhythm. A wrecked circadian rhythm can lead to things like:

+ constant fatigue or poor sleep
+ less brain activity
+ poor hormone regulation (like melatonin)
+ appetite “errors” (thinking you’re hungry when you’re not)

But before you quit your browser in horror, I promise there’s no need to give up occasional dancing until 2am or break-of-dawn runs. After reading these super articles from Q and the Sleep Foundation, I came up with some ways get your circadian rhythm back in check.

+ Get a schedule.

This might sound like a laughable tip but having a regular wake up and bedtime can work wonders. And that doesn’t even mean having to go to sleep at 8 every night. I find that I feel 5x more at peace with my body when I wake up and go to sleep at the same time for a week; even if it’s going to bed at midnight and waking up at 7.

+ Exercise and eat during sun-lit hours.

Studies have shown that working out and eating after dark messes up your circadian rhythm. These studies were done on mice but….

+ Ah yes, time zones.

To combat the ruining effects of jetlag on your rhythm, there are two simple things you can do: try to adjust slowly before going and stick to a normal schedule once you’re there.


Overall, it’s pretty easy to fix your sleep schedule and get your groove back. If you’re wondering how much sleep you really need, check out my post about the possibility of too much sleep (it’s actually a thing!).

Have you ever heard of your circadian rhythm before? How do you keep your body happy?


*Images from here and here.

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  • Dani | Awesome in Manila January 15, 2016 at 07:49

    Yes, I have and I agree with it. I can attest to the difference having set schedules for sleeping and waking can make. Nowadays, I haven’t really stuck to one and I always wake up feeling so tired, no matter how many hours I’ve slept. Waking up at different times every day also messes up with my productivity, as certain activities get pushed down the some days’ schedules. It can be a little frustrating as there are certain tasks I’d have more patience for if I do them in the morning but if it’s pushed back later, it becomes a struggle!

    • Pia @ Gymbags and Jetlags January 16, 2016 at 01:28

      It’s it weird how our body isn’t really totally under our control?? Glad you liked the post Dani!!

  • Heidi Kokborg January 15, 2016 at 14:47

    Interesting post, Pia! I definetely prefer to have a schedule when it comes to my sleep. Also I found out that I need around 8 hours of sleep every night to feel my best. So bedtime around 11 pm and waking up at 7 am works perfectly for me!

    • Pia @ Gymbags and Jetlags January 16, 2016 at 01:28

      I totally agree; if I oversleep, I tend to be even more tired. Thanks for reading, Heidi!

  • missgetaway January 15, 2016 at 15:47

    Oh that is so helpful. I’ve been experiencing some sleeping problems lately and you just reminded me that I definitely need to try and get my rhythm into sync again. Thanks for that 🙂

    Love, Kerstin

  • Elyse January 15, 2016 at 17:07

    Haha, I absolutely love the title. Starting school has screwed up my sleep schedule so much (hate 8am classes.) Creating a regular routine is super important… I’ll have to start that next week 😉
    Also- working out and eating during sunlit hours is so difficult to do in the winter when it gets dark by 5! It’s an interesting fact to know though!

    • Pia @ Gymbags and Jetlags January 16, 2016 at 01:30

      Thank you; thinking of punny or cool titles is my main goal haha. Thanks for reading Lindsey <3

  • Kat Horrocks January 15, 2016 at 18:21

    Such a helpful post! The schedule is key for me at the moment. Still not completely back to normal schedule after the holidays (as in still going to sleep a little too late for my liking) so need to be stricter with my bed time haha 🙂 as if I’m a kid again!

    Kat |

    • Pia @ Gymbags and Jetlags January 16, 2016 at 01:30

      Yeah, getting back into a schedule can definitely be easier said than done!

  • Maggie January 15, 2016 at 21:34

    Great tips!!! It’s always something I need help with.

  • Carina Vardie January 16, 2016 at 15:57

    Awesome and helpful tips!


  • Cat Solomon January 16, 2016 at 16:37

    Great tips!

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