You might ask how does my circadian rhythms, biological clocks and high blood pressure relates. They all influence each other regarding our sleep and wake patterns, hormone release, eating habits, our digestion and our changing body temperature. Our biological clocks if disrupted or becomes abnormal due to the turning on or off of certain genes affects these rhythms. In turn all these cycles disruption affects our blood pressure.
These rhythms normalcy are important to living a healthy life.
But the biggest question is can these rhythms be reset, and also; how do we as human beings relate to the gene of a fruit fly?
Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young, 2017 Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine, for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms that controls these rhythms.
The three scientists completed a research project where they used fruit flies to isolate a gene that controls the rhythms of a living organism's daily life.
The discovered gene, called period, has an encoded protein that accumulated in cells at night and then degraded during the day. That gene controls the daily biological clock.
Biological clocks are composed of specific molecules (proteins) that interact within our cells throughout the body. It is an organism's innate timing device.
Circadian rhythms, are physical, mental, and behavioral changes that follow a daily cycle. These rhythms are influenced by light and darkness. It also relates to our sleeping at night and being awake.
Getting several good nights of sleep is essential to your health. Sleep deprivation disrupt the levels of key hormones and proteins. Also effects cortisol, a stress hormone, that raises blood sugar and blood pressure in the body.
In general lack of sleep raises levels of artery-tightening stress hormones in the body and increase high blood pressure risk up to seven times higher than normal. And this is just some of the things that causes high blood pressure.
The shortest statement made by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences is: "biological clocks produce circadian rhythms and regulate their timing".
Stick to a regular sleep pattern, by making your bedroom a place of relaxation. Invest in room darkening shades, and keep the room cool.
Of interest is an article from
The Conversation, health and medicine sections that states a week of camping can reset the body's clock.
The outdoors reduces the body's exposure to un-natural light. The lack of natural light may be a contributor to poor quality of sleep.
This camp had participants perform their daily routines and had them sleeping outdoors in tents with only natural light and campfires. There were no cell phones, tablets or any personal electronic devices.
They noted dramatic changes in the body's internal clocks and its alignment with solar time. That means the body's internal biological night began at sunset and ended at sunrise.
Communing with the outdoors for a time did reset these individuals clock giving them a good night's sleep.
In summary, create a good sleep pattern to maintain a healthy body; and disrupting the natural rhythms of the body is detrimental to our overall health.