Scientists have determined that circadian rhythm may not only influence how we age, but control how we function. It may be responsible for the regulation of our sleep cycle, mental acuity, metabolism, and even reproductive cycle.
What we take for granted as the daily passing of time was once considered the foundation for our daily activities. In a time before the internet, computers, cars, and electricity, our survival depended on our bodily adaptation to the ebbing tides of the seasons. In spring and summer, we feasted on the bounty of our harvests. In fall and winter, we relied on the shelter we built and the stores we had prepared in warmer days. Although life may have been more difficult during this era, our bodies and minds adapted to our environment by invoking similar cycles of beneficial genes that worked to buffer the impact of seasonal shifts.
Nowadays, the setting of the sun corresponds with a time for rest for most life on earth, but for many Americans their evening has only just begun.
Technology is at the Source of Circadian Disruption
Unfortunately, as humans have entered an age of technological advancements, our connection with the natural cycle of day has faltered. We are now exposed to light wavelengths that invoke a false sense of wakefulness at all hours through our laptop, tablet, and phone screens. Our technology has changed the way we work, extending normal operating hours late into the night. Instead, employees feel obligated to stay “plugged in” long after they leave their place of employment. On top of this, many of us are failing to properly fuel our bodies with the necessary vitamins and nutrients to support the natural chemical reactions that should be synchronizing our circadian rhythm. Instead, our production of certain biochemicals is decreasing, dysregulating our circadian rhythm and causing the unnatural deterioration of our minds and bodies as we age. For many, when the time to rest finally does come — sleep evades them, making the need for NAD+ therapies ever more prevalent.