The Power of Circadian Rhythms
May 8, 2000 -- Circadian rhythms -- our 24-hour biological cycles -- govern more than our waking and sleeping. They affect when we are born, when we die, and how we pass the days in between.
Our body's rhythms are governed by a "master clock" located in a tiny region of the brain called the suprachiasmatic nucleus. It works much like a conductor, striking up one section of the body's orchestra as another quiets down, taking its main cue from light signals in order to stay in sync with the 24-hour day.
Our body's hormones surge and ebb to this maestro's invisible wand. Even our cells grow faster during certain hours of the day.
Here are just a few of the ways our circadian rhythms orchestrate our lives:
- Allergic Skin Disorders
- Bacterial Skin Diseases
- Bites and Infestations
- Diseases of Pigment
- Fungal Skin Diseases
- Medical Anatomy and Illustrations
- Noncancerous, Precancerous & Cancerous Tumors
- Oral Health Conditions
- Papules, Scales, Plaques and Eruptions
- Scalp, Hair and Nails
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
- Vascular, Lymphatic and Systemic Conditions
- Viral Skin Diseases
- Additional Skin Conditions