September 13, 2013

Playing Well with Others: Endocrine and Circadian Systems


play-wellYour sleep patterns can greatly influence your energy levels and your mood. To take that assessment a step further, mood is regulated by hormones. A study published in the Journal of Molecular Endocrinology correlates the hormonal or endocrine and he sleep or circadian systems in the body.

In most species, sleep is regulated by a circadian clock that works on a 24 hour basis. This is how the body can discern between times of rest and times of work. This is all a finely tuned interplay between two systems in the body that govern sleep and hormones.

This study looked to understand how these two systems influence one another because it is known that sleep deprivation can adversely affect cognitive performance, which promotes obesity, diabetes, and cancer.

Within the data analyzed, this study found that hormonal influence from the brain can impact peripheral tissues. Specifically, it was found that different rhythms of hormones can significantly influence or impair sleep patterns.

This crosstalk interferes with physiological and metabolic homeostasis. Sleep can be your best friend or your worst enemy. At the end of the day, try to balance the full-throttle and the cruise control of your body. Aim to get 8-hours of sleep and keep everybody happy.

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